October 24, 2017
Meeting was called to order at 7:30am by Kevin Hoult. Paul Gottleib led the flag salute.
Kaj Ahlburg moved and Matthew Rainwater seconded acceptance of minutes for October 17, 2017. Motion carried.
Captain Joseph House has a fundraiser on October 29, 2017.
Membership certificates were handed out to Kaj, Beth at Focal Pt Beauty, Jack G, Dan Gase, Matthew Rainwater, and Dave Miller
The EDC is holding a forum discussing 3 of the ballot measures; William Shore Pool (no organized opposition), Juvenile Justice Tax and Second Class City. Debbie also announced that the Lefties have secured the West Coast League All Star Game for 2018.
Kaj & John B visited Craig Fulmer at the city regarding the $700K designated for road work and the city’s plan/schedule. City match affects what is done first which will be Peabody. Railroad/alleys are not high on the list. In May the City Council can amend which projects are scheduled first. If they can change Railroad to an “arterial” road then maybe that will help make sure it’s done sooner. Mark Abshire said the Chamber will also send a letter of support to the city and that Railroad is a different type of road to pave. George asked if the proposed new hotel will affect Railroad but the Tribe hasn’t closed on the property yet.
George B updated that Camp David Rd. is one of the best ways to access the Trail & now is the time to see all the colors.
Steve Burke spoke about the William Shore Pool District Levy. Visitors increased from 59K last year to 100K. After school programs support 40+ kids, busy since Busy Bee closed.
In a mailed survey, over 1,000 people responded that they liked the plan to renovate. Of the $12 million project, $3 million is from state grants, $5.5 million is from the existing levy and the shortfall is $3.5 million – the reason for this current levy is because there is a debt limitation. Back when the Pool District was formed they were allowed .79 but never accessed that – the current levy is .18
It’s a 55 year old pool. They plan to add a kid’s splash pool, a therapeutic warm pool, and new locker rooms/entrance which would equate to about $12-$13 per $200K household. Increased revenue could lower the cost from afterschool programs.
The Port Angeles School District can vote.
Kaj asked about projected operating costs after expansion; electric, labor, etc. and Steve said that it would be approximately $50-75K/yr additional. It is a 30 year bond that is generally financed over the life of the facility. Labor will not increase that much. The bond will be paid off and it can be issued whenever they need it and the goal is to pay it off in half the time.
Fall 2019 they will start the entrance & locker rooms and the pool will stay open. February 2020 they will close until August to finish the work. The school contributes $18-20K/yr with some money coming from PTA. Pricing is set each year. They lost about 5% of clients back to Sequim once the YMCA opened which is good because the pool was too crowded. Many stayed because of the benefits of the saltwater pool. The YMCA is exploring expanding already. They employ about 35-40 lifeguards and approx 98% of them it’s their first job.
It doesn’t pay to install solar because the rates aren’t so good here for them.
They have a business agreement with hotels for guests to use the facility on a per room basis and the Coast Guard uses it about 3x/wk for rescue/safety training for $600/month. The rehab/health benefits are crucial along with relationships developed between young and old.
Locker rooms: now there is only 1 ‘family’ locker room, that will be increased. They need to follow WA State law – gender locker rooms will be smaller.
Nov. 7: Business Meeting (Bylaw Changes)
Nov 14: Clallam County Prosecutor, Mark Nichols
Nov 21: Don Corson, Founder of Camaraderie Cellars
Meeting adjourned at 8:30am.