Well, I've said it before and I'll say it again--we don't have a pot to ....
The 2018 request from Leisure Services is $5,000,000.00 for an Aquatics Master Plan. That figure has been in effect ever since Bornstein came on the scene. I guess the city never got the memo that we don't have a pot to "P" in or that we will be running a negative budget this year.
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In February, we heard a presentation by Bob McAllister, Aquatic consultant, who makes his money recommending aquatic facilities and hired by his friend, City Manager Bornstein. This presentation and for him to assess our pool area cost the city $12,218. Here are his estimated costs:
- Option 1--$2,772,500 was to repair the pool and build a new locker room and make the necessary repairs to the Pump House.
- Option 2--$3,272,500 or $4,612,500 with extra features includes Option 1 and converts the pool to zero depth so that little kids can walk in with no problem.
- Option 3--$7,310,921 build a new aquatic facility
WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON HERE?
What we do know is that Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell has complained about our beach for years and the fact that we can't pay the loan back to ourselves. Last year's commission voted to put the beach Fund in the red without raising one fee or looking for ways to make money. Maxwell seems to be enthusiastic on spending the same amount of multi-millions on an aquatic facility at our beach park.
And to say it again---
WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON HERE?