Pool proposal moves to city council after supervisors approval
Tuesday, Aug. 20 — The first part of a proposed plan to get a community swimming pool passed its first hurdle today, Tuesday, Aug. 20.
After a lengthy discussion at today’s meeting, the Lassen County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved county staff working with the city in drafting the principles of a joint powers agreement and adding $200,000 as a line item in the budget.
The supervisors will be holding budget hearings the week of Sept. 3 and as a line item, the allocated $200,000 will be considered during the process.
Community members filled the board room at 707 Nevada St. with some landing seats on the floor or standing during the discussion. Those who spoke voiced support for a swimming pool citing health benefits, safety issues with children not knowing how to swim and keeping and attracting people to the area.
The approval is part of the first step of a plan proposed by Supervisor Jim Chapman and Susanville City Councilmember Brian Wilson.
According to their proposal, the project would be governed by a newly created joint powers agency comprised of two members from the city council and two members from the board of supervisors. Those four would appoint a fifth member from the public who is not affiliated with either the city or the county.
Both the city and the county would agree to share equally the cost of building and operating the pool to be constructed somewhere in the Susanville area.
Wilson and Chapman propose both the city and the county shall “agree to appropriate an amount up to $200,000 per year” for the next 15 years to build and operate the pool. Before the end of the 15-year period, a successor agency, such as a recreation district, will assume responsibility for the operation of the facility.
The matter has also been placed on the city council’s agenda for consideration. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 at City Hall at 66 N. Lassen St. See next week's edition of the Lassen County Times for the complete story.
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