April 18, 2017
Meeting was called to order at 7:30am. Dave Neupert led the flag salute.
The Secretary noted minutes for April 11 said April 22. Jack Glaubert moved and Jerry Austin seconded acceptance of corrected minutes. Motion carried.
Dan Gase, Airport and Aviation Business Development Specialist, said the Wings of Freedom will be on June 2nd. B17’s, 24’s and P51’s will be some of the planes on display. Plane rides, a BBQ, Car Show, Bands and Balloon rides will be available.
B Garrett said NOLA has a meeting coming soon.
Harry Bell announced the Governmental Affairs meeting will discuss: The Rayonier Site, NOLA, Comprehensive Plan rewrite, DNR, Wild Olympics and Water Bill (5239).
George Bergner encourage everyone to take part in the “Bike to Work” event on May 20 and 21.
Kevin said the Community Sustainability Competition will be on the 25th.
Jerry Austin reminded all of the 75th Anniversary (4-8-1942) of the Doolittle Raid over Tokyo, Japan.
Steve Burke, Executive Director of the William Shore Pool, encouraged all to take the Survey on the back of the brochure he handed out. William Shore High School Swimming Coach who never lived to see the building of the pool, had the wish that all children in Port Angeles learn how to swim.
Steve said when the City got out of the pool business, it was the citizens who pushed for and passed a Pool District levy. The old pool was in bad shape, not energy efficient, and had old broken equipment. Much of that has now been fixed and updated. The Pool District Board is made up of 2 City Council members, 2 County Commissioners and one citizen at large who oversee the running of the Pool. Expansion of the pool is based on what can be afforded. Changes/Updates will include: a therapy pool that can hold 30 people, a kids splash area with a lazy river. (Slides have limited use, but the lazy river can be used by any age at any time and can be an insurance issue.) A spa that can hold 8-12 people, moving and expanding of lockers, entrance change, larger parking lot and moving of Horizon House to a destination now unknown.
Most of this can be done with a shutdown of only 6 months. Work will start in Fall 2018 and should be done in Summer 2019. Much depends on grants and bids. The hope is that the shut down time will be as short as possible so it doesn’t interrupt boys and girls swimming season. Shut down could have an effect on scholarships.
The $10 million project factors in recycling part of the building, a levy (10 cents per $200,000 house) and monies that have been saved.
Q & A and Comments
Q: Pool insurance?
A: Any claims are probably going to be big ones such as for a serious injury or death.
A: Now 30-35 (6-8 full time) which could go up to 50 with the expansion. Many employees are high school and college students who are experiencing their first job.
A: Income comes from admissions and grants. Plans for a multipurpose room (meetings, afterschool care and Birthday Parties) should bring in more money.
A: Electricity, at 5 cents a kilowatt, is cheaper than trying to go solar. Almost all heat, in the air, is now captured, and recycled.
Q: Why lessons?
A: Drownings correlate with number of those taking lessons. Last year the City had all second graders take lessons. That was discontinued due to logistics of getting them there and back to school. This year all kids in the Boys and Girls program received free lessons. 85% of those who do not know to swim are usually the same 85% on free lunch program. Parents, who usually do not know how to swim, do not consider it important or do not have a way to pay for their children’s lessons. It has been proven that the younger they are when they learn to swim, the more interested they are in keeping it up. Teenagers who do not know how to swim are not as excited about taking lessons.
Q: Hospital funding?
A: Not at this time, but they are working on putting classes together for group health care.
Q: Lifetime of Pool?
A: Now 50 years old and should last another 50 years. Fortunate that original was so well built, i.e., 12″ thick walls. Cross laminated timber will work in a caustic environment such as a pool. Hope to be part of a pilot project.
Q: Salt water pool?
A: Pool uses salt now in making chlorine gas.
A: Most kids from 18 to 22 have never had a job. Swimming pool jobs teach them how to budget time, BE on time, follow a checklist and most importantly, be responsible for someone else’s life. Turnover is about 20-30 a year, which means there are always new jobs available.
Q: Pool District?
A: District is the same as the Port Angeles School District. Crescent School District is interested in joining. Passage of a levy would mean even less than 10 cents.
Q: Uses of pool?
A: Pool is also used for man overboard programs, rowing club training, and Coast Guard safety.
April 25: Police Chief Brian Smith
May 30: NO MEETING
Meeting adjourned at 8:30am.