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2/23/2011 12:49:00 PM
Partners could ease fears about aquatic center
Schematic shows layout of proposed Aquatic Center at Humboldt Unified School District. Supporters are looking at partnerships to help defray the cost of maintenance on the Center. 
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Schematic shows layout of proposed Aquatic Center at Humboldt Unified School District. Supporters are looking at partnerships to help defray the cost of maintenance on the Center.
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Sue Tone
Reporter


The seven members tasked with finding solutions to pay maintenance and operation costs for the Bradshaw Mountain High School Aquatic Center are polling the community and school district families to find out if there is enough interest to soothe the fears of school board members over the estimated $200,000 annual expense to run the pool.

Members have been meeting weekly since the first week in January. Through diligent efforts, the sub-committee narrowed their focus to a list of 21 questions for Humboldt Unified School District officials who provided answers to two-thirds of the questions.

"I think we have enough information that we can go out and talk about it," said Bill Riviere, co-chair of the sub-committee. "There will be some who say we can't, others will be excited and want in."

Georgeanne Hanna said the sub-committee is working to put a positive plan of action in place to inform the public and give them an opportunity to state their support.

A questionnaire went out to district employees this past week, and will be sent home to students this week. It asks how often and for what activities HUSD families would use the pool, and if they would be willing to commit to a reduced membership.

The committee is suggesting annual memberships for HUSD families in the range of $100 for individual, $175 for couple, and $250 for family (up to five members).

The committee also is working up a non-binding letter of intent for businesses and organizations, which will indicate interest in employee memberships, one-time donations, and scholarship contributions.

"I want the community to believe that it is a community pool," said co-chair Patti Eller.

The sub-committee will present its findings to the HUSD governing board at the March 8 meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Humboldt Elementary School.

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• School board pulls plug on proposed Aquatic Center
• HUSD takes another look at aquatic center
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• Aquatic Center boosters have 6 more weeks to expand pool of partners
• Many unknowns could still sink Aquatic Center
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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, January 19, 2014
Article comment by: Linda Biafore

Yes would love a indoor pool my family will use it , Please put it in , Show Low has a great indoor pool we used it 3 Times a week

Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Biafore

I would love a pool in prescott valley, my family would use it often others I have talked to about it also agreed a pool to use close to home would be wonderful.

Posted: Saturday, March 26, 2011
Article comment by: It Doesn't Make Sense

How can anyone guarantee $200,000-$300,000 maintenance costs in today's dollars for the life of this facility??? ...in this century's troubled economy and world???

How can a minimalist pool design (no diving, no toddler area, no waterslide/play area) attract the variety and number of users needed to pay for the maintenance costs???

The community already has a pool that has all of those features (except diving), and it is also adequate for the BMHS swim team.

If there is such a big need for an indoor pool for the community's future, then it makes more sense to spend much less money to make Mountain Valley Splash a four season facility with winter heating and a some sort of canopy that can be removed in the summer time.

Public Schools are facing a funding drought of mammoth proportion in the coming years. If this pool is built, the community will be bitterly opposed to further bonds for another generation, and the facility will be padlocked shut to all users within five years for lack of maintenance funds.

Better to cut district losses now and be done with it.


Posted: Saturday, February 26, 2011
Article comment by: Bulild the pool now.

People aren't realizing the benefits of a pool to the community. There is really nothing else that we can build. They built the football feild didn't they? I didn't hear much commotion about that effort.The public uses that facility all the time. There are people that go there to run around the track in the early hours of the morning. People have to remember that this is a community effort. It is not just HUSD. Just think about the money that the community could bring in for swimming lessons, water aerobics, youth swim team, masters swim team, BMHS swim team, memberships, sponsorers, fundraising, and parties. There are so many things that this pool could do. We are not just limited to the swim team. Swimming is a valuable thing in life. It can bring people together, come in handy when you need to save someones life, and also get you into shape. Also, with the growing elderly population in this town, I'm sure that they would be willing to contibute to the sale of memberships, as they are always looking for ways to get out of their houses, and excercise. This pool is for the future of our town. Children and adults alike. We need to have more faith in the town to come together and help with the costs of the pool. Again,There is simply nothing elae that we can build. We have ALL of the classrooms that we need. We also have all the excercise facilities that we need. The only thing that we are missing is an indoor pool.

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011
Article comment by: Gail Kenny

"Build it": you are outside of reality. The district should give the remaining B-Bond money back to the taxpayers. The district has spent money to design a pool. So what? Put the plans on a back shelf and forget them now in this economy. Prescott Valley already has one pool.

Let's put it in personal terms. You have a car, but someone offers to sell you a car for $20. Wonderful!! You then spend $13.50 to title and register your car, plus the vehicle license tax. Maybe you drop another $100 here. On the way to the MVD, you notice a strange noise and you drop by your mechanic, who is a good friend, so you know he wouldn't tell you wrong.

"Sorry, old chum," he says. "The guy sold you a lemon. The timing belt is ready to go, and you're running on borrowed time on this engine. You're going to have to stick a lot of money into this beast, $2,000 minimum, and I haven't even looked hard."

Do you do it? You've committed less than $200 to the car, but now your mechanic is telling you that you stand to spend thousands. Plus there are gas, regular services, tires and annual registration. Your original car does the job. You chalk up the $200 to experience and get by with your car.

Honestly, that's what we have here. We have a pool. Somebody is offering us a pool that we can afford to buy, but we can't maintain it. Saying we put money into a design so we should build it is completely unrealistic. We can't afford it.


Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011
Article comment by: Don't Build It

This is a disaster waiting to happen. The new turf field is a good example of trying to promote a resource for the community and then not making it available for anyone exept the school. Go take a look for yourself. Sure, you can use the new turf field for $190 an hour!!! What a joke.

Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011
Article comment by: build it

lets not forget..... they have paid money to desing it. and they have approved it. this sub committee is a waist of time for everyone. just build it and be done.

Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011
Article comment by: Gail Kenny

Last time it was $300,000 a year, now it's $200,000. We don't even have a concrete estimate on what it will cost to run it? I don't care if it's $300,000 or $200,000, this district doesn't have the money to run a swimming pool when it is going to have to find ways to trim $1 million + from its maintenance and operations budget. Chances of the committee raising $300,000 in memberships and sponsorship are pretty slim. Will you have memberships and sponsorships for extended periods, since this pool is not a one-year venture? Let's just be realistic -- this is not the time for a pool. Be fiscally responsible and return that money to the voters or expect that you will never pass another bond in this town. This has dragged on long enough.

Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011
Article comment by: Prescott Resident

As far as I am concerned, this is too much of a risk to the M&O budget and in these financial times we can take no risks.

They can have all the costs covered now and in 3 years it could be a different story.

NO RISK.

Give the money back and perhaps ask for an M&O override for the same amount, so we can put the money where it matters - IN THE CLASSROOMS!




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