A heavy agenda resulted in a board meeting of the Cameron Park Community Services District that closed in on midnight.
General Manager Mary Cahill gave a presentation on the accomplishments of the agency over the past fiscal year. She highlighted the year-end surplus, the board’s commitment to completing various master plans and studies, improvements to the fire department’s operations including receipt of two grants, park and facility improvements, and establishment of a Cameron Park Community Foundation.
Staff reported that the district’s contract with Cal Fire expires next June. The board approved renegotiating a new five-year contract with Cal Fire. Board President Shiva Frentzen and board member Greg Stanton will serve on the negotiating committee.
Also noted was a report that the ambulance service’s Joint Powers Authority is facing a $1.2 million deficit and fee changes may be the result.
Cahill gave an update on the Grillin’ & Chillin’ special event. She reported that approximately 550 people attended, including vendors, and the event ended with a net loss of $1,084. This led to an extended discussion of whether such events should be contracted out or run internally by staff given the amount of time they consume.
Cahill asked the board for direction on the topic since staff were already soliciting sponsors for next year’s events. Frentzen complained that without knowing the actual hours staff spent on this year’s events, it was difficult for her to make a decision. She commented that estimates by Cahill on the amount of staff hours spent on the Summer Spectacular event were unrealistically low. The board went on to approve the Grillin’ & Chillin’ event for next year but left it up to Cahill to decide if the event will be done in-house or contracted out.
On the financial side, Frentzen said that while the district “was doing OK, revenue from recreation programs and the community center was $20,000 less than predicted.” However, expenditures are also down, she said.
Frentzen warned that something needed to be done on the revenue side or the district could be down $100,000 by the end of the year.
Cahill responded by saying that they were working on a marketing plan and it would be completed by next January. She also expects additional rentals of the community center over the holidays.
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