For the past few years, due to economic reasons, the Placerville Aquatic Center has closed in early August, after being open to the water loving community for two and a half months. At the April 23 Placerville City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved a memo of understanding between the city and El Dorado County to extend the hours of operation through Sept. 2.
“It was heartbreaking to see the pool closed last August during a high heat event that lasted the entire month of August and into September,” wrote Ron Mueller, former Placerville Community Services Director, in a letter to City Council. “Surely the city/community can find some way to keep the Aquatic Center open through August, even if it is with some limited operation.”
“Several months ago we learned the county had set aside money to help with the Aquatic Center, ” said City Manager Cleve Morris.”We gave them a proposal to use the money to extend the hours and they agreed.”
The county included $20,000 in its 2012-2013 Fiscal Year Budget to assist with the pool operations and that is the funding that will be used. Vice mayor Carl Hagen said the county’s help with the Aquatic Center hours was a result of the two-by-two meetings City Council members have been having with members of the county Board of Supervisors.
Councilwoman Patty Borelli questioned staffing for the extended hours. “When we closed the pool last year, one of the factors was that the young people who work as lifeguards go back to school. How are we going to deal with that?”
Placerville Community Services Director Steve Youel said, “We added times that they weren’t in school and with the staggered school schedules we have in the county, we actually have a second group that is thrilled to have their work year extended. I think we can pull this off.”
The extended hours from Aug. 12-Sept. 2 include Monday-Friday 4:30-6:45 p.m Activity Pool Play; 4:30-5:40 p.m. Lap Swim; 5:45-6:45 p.m. Water Exercise. On Saturday 9:15-10:45 a.m. will be for Lap Swim while Public Swim will be open 11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. On Sunday, the hours will be 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. for Lap Swim and 1-5:30 p.m. for Public Swim.
Youel estimated that as much as 60 percent of the people who use the city pool are county residents. “We’ll be doing a survey of the people using the pool and that will give us information about how many people use it and where they come from.”
“We’re already talking to the county about next year and for additional compensation for the county residents’ use of the pool,” said Morris.
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