January 28, 2020
Meeting was called to order by Kaj at 7:30am. Steve Burke led the flag salute.
Peggy gave a thought of the day.
Jack G. moved to accept Jan. 21 meeting minutes, seconded by Julie H. Motion carried.
Debby announced that PABA invoices went out last week with a Thank You letter, and ten members renewed so far.
Peggy stated Dan Gase is speaking at the 7:00am Kiwanis meeting, and she will be speaking at noon Kiwanis on Thursday about the 100-year history of Kiwanis.
Connie announced the harbor cleanup meeting at 6:30pm.
Jack announced that Northwest Territories is closing due to lack of professionals to hire,
It was announced that the old PUD building has sold.
John B. said Wednesday, Feb. 12, will be a joint meeting with the Chamber featuring Dept. of Ecology Director talking about stormwater, landfill, the harbor cleanup, Rayonier and more. We’ll still have our regular meeting on Feb. 11. Pay the Chamber rate online for lunch and save money by buying tickets early.
Edna interviewed Kaj and Laura Ahlburg to find out more about them and will interview a different member each week.
Program: Steve Burke, Shore Aquatic Center
Steve used photos to tell of the construction progress. They moved the home because it was purpose-built for the Peninsula Behavioral Health program, and it was cheaper to move it instead of bringing it up to medical code standards. The home now belongs to PBH.
The pool building was demolished down to the concrete walls and mechanical room.
Pictures included: wellness pool and Lazy River.
Neely Construction averages 50 people on site each day, with all but 2 from Clallam County. They are on budget and on time, spending $1.5 million per month.
CLT panels manufactured by SmartLam were used on the roof and were installed in less than a week where normally it would have taken months.
They received a state grant to provide after school care, so they added on a room to accommodate over 100 kids.
The roof will be metal. They will keep the diving board, the last one on the peninsula.
They haven’t raised fees in 5 years and will probably only raise them 3 – 5%. Backpackers shower there and its hard to control if they use the facility but will figure it out. All pools will still be saltwater except the spa.
The US Coast Guard uses the pool for rescue training and exercise, and they have a hospital partnership for medical/physical therapy.
They were lucky to have tapped into a stormwater line on Lincoln St. which saved money.
The onsite Community Room will be available for events and when the pool is open from 5:30am – 9:00pm almost every day. They were at 50 employees when they closed and will go to 80 when they reopen with a majority part time and 8 full time.
Steve said it’s hard to build locker rooms with privacy but will have universal areas for families. He said base costs are already covered and by expanding, expenses increased about a third. Labor is 85%, electricity is the next largest amount at $120K from last year. There could be a 30% increase in electricity.
The pool averages 100K visits per year and the spa, sauna, and family activities will increase visits. The swim team is coming back. Steve mentioned a couple Shore family members are still in town.
Steve said their General Contractor had a hard enough time getting workers, and if they reduced the prevailing wage everyone would go to Seattle. Dr. Robins added that the amount of bonded insurance needed reduces ability to take on the job. Angeles Plumbing could have done the work but their company wouldn’t bond for over a million. Government work requires it.
Feb 4: Mark Nichols, County Prosecuting Attorney
Meeting adjourned at 8:31am.