City writes first draft of pool agreement
Roosevelt Pool was closed at the end of 2004 due to structural safety issues. Since then High Sierra Recreation Alliance was formed and took the lead in developing a new proposal for financing a pool facility.
After several attempts to pass tax measures to get the needed funding, the alliance along with interested partners, such as the city, Lassen County, Lassen High School and area elementary schools, decided the formation of a countywide JPA was the best option.
Hill, along with HSRA President Lisa Liband and Deena Wemple, told the council at its March 7 meeting there has not been a JPA meeting since October 2006. With that news, the council directed Hill “to get the ball rolling” and come up with a JPA.
At the March 21 meeting, Councilmember Kurt Bonham said JPA was a great start but wasn’t sure how politics could stay out of it. He also said not having a meeting for five months was not acceptable and if to get a pool, the city has to take the lead so be it.
Mayor Lino Callegari commended the staff in getting an agreement together quickly. He also said the council is aware the JPA will come back with suggested revisions by each interested agency.
Joy suggested the JPA should outline who is going to manage the pool facility and oversee the finances. Bonham jumped in and said the city needs to take the lead on managing the finances of the new facility. He said he didn’t mind the county auditor dispensing the money but he wanted the city’s finance director, Robert Porfiri, to oversee the funds.
The council directed Hill to circulate the draft to the county, Lassen Community College, the Susanville School District, Lassen Union High School District and other entities, such as Lassen Municipal Utility District and Susanville Indian Rancheria, who may want a say in the construction of a pool facility.
Callegari also directed staff to add to a future agenda a discussion on what to do with the old pool site saying it “is an attractive nuisance.”
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