Some progress may finally be made when the Lassen County Board of Supervisors holds a special study session meeting at 1:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 27 at the board’s chambers on Nevada Street to discuss the pool situation.
The public is invited to attend and participate.
Three large issues are on the agenda: Consideration and discussion regarding the proposed transfer of the Roosevelt Swimming Pool to the county, possible public financing of a pool project and possible private sector options.
Agendized issues regarding the transfer of the property from the Susanville School District to the county include the cleanup and abatement of the current site, the assumption of risk and liability and the current status of the city of Susanville’s lease of the pool.
Agendized issues regarding the public financing of the pool include the placement of a bond measure on the ballot for voter consideration, the creation of a new County Service Area for funding construction, maintenance and operation costs and the high school district’s plans for a proposed swimming pool facility.
Agendized issues regarding possible private sector options include possible private funding of the demolition of the current pool, possible private funding for the construction of a new pool and possible private sector operation of a new pool.
Of course, this meeting provides a great opportunity for the county’s critics and the nimble naysayers to step up to the podium again and play the coulda, shoulda, woulda blame game.
We hope they realize such an approach does nothing to move the pool problem forward. It actually hinders it.
Instead, we encourage everyone in the community — the county and city governments, the Susanville School District, the Lassen Unified High School District, civic organizations and interested members of the public to attend this meeting and try to come up with a solution.
Let’s face it, a community without a swimming pool is incomplete. In the last seven years a whole generation of Susanville children have grown up without the joy of swimming in a pool on hot summer days, and, even more important, they haven’t had an opportunity to learn how to swim properly from a qualified instructor in a safe, structured environment — a definite public safety issue.
We urge everyone interested in a swimming pool in Susanville to attend the meeting, lay all their cards face up on the table and figure out how to get this thing done once and for all.
Last week’s editorial may have given some readers the mistaken impression that Lassen County District 3 Supervisor Larry Wosick opposed the water project on the Estill Ranch.
Wosick asked county staff to amend the staff report to include the entire county ordinance in its report in order to protect both the county and the applicant from possible future legal challenges.
The supervisor also asked county staff to come up with the necessary findings to waive the fees for the project.
The board, including Wosick, voted unanimously to approve the project.
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