Leon Valley
TX

Staff Report
17-89

Presentation of the Leon Valley Pool 2017 Season Report

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Item Discussion

Purpose

 

The purpose of this item is to provide a briefing of the pool operations for the 2017 swim season. 

 

Background

 

The City acquired the Forest Oaks Pool last year and now operates two City pools.  The management contract for both pools was advertised last year, and Sela Aquatics, LLC. was awarded the management contract in the amount of $91,000. As part of the management contract, Sela is responsible for staffing lifeguards at both pools, between Memorial Day to Labor Day. In addition, Sela is responsible for maintaining the water quality of both pools year round.   

 

The City developed fees for 2017 that includes gate fees, season passes, party rentals, swim lessons, water aerobics, swim team and concessions. The City Council also developed an affordability rate structure consistent with 2017 HHS requirements, and a $200 price cap for larger families.   

 

Season passes were available to purchase on line, or in person at City Hall. A total of 533 passes were sold this past season. All applications for the Affordability Rate, and families with a $200 cap were processed at City Hall. A total of sixteen applications were processed for the $200 cap, and a total of 39 people applied under the Affordability Rate. Total Revenue to the City collected from both pools was $39,611.29.

 

The Forest Oaks Pool was deeded to the City by the Forest Oaks Community Association in 2016. Repairs were required before the City could open the Forest Oaks Pool for public use. These repairs included, electrical bonding of the pool, replacement of two pumps and two sand filters, and inoperable pool lights. In addition, repairs were required to make to the buildings that included doors, locks, electrical work to the building and concession area. Total pool expenses were $48,149.10. 

 

A summary of Pool Revenues and Expenditures are as follows: 

 

Item

Cost

Total Revenue

$39,611.29

Repairs to Pool (electrical bonding, replaced pumps, sand filters, pool lights)

$30,680.99

Repairs to Building (doors, locks, electrical to bldg. and concessions, supplies, and bldg. materials)

$8,085.90

Operational (Utilities, Supplies)

$9,382.21

Management Contract

$91,000.00

TOTAL EXPENDITURES

$139,149.10

Net Cost to Operate

$99,537.81

 

   

Fiscal Impact

 

The Fiscal Year 2016 - 17 Public Works General Fund budget included operational costs for the pool management contract and improvements.  

 

STRATEGIC GOALS STATEMENT
 

Item 2 (g) - Make Improvements/Investments to Rimkus Park
 

The pools are considered to be a part of the park system.

 

S.E.E Statement

 

Social Equity - Adds to general quality of life for all citizens.

 

Environmental Stewardship - Reduces the amount of automobile pollutants, as residents within that area typically walk to the pool. 

 

 

Document Comments

Recommendations

 

This presentation is for briefing purposes only. Consideration may be given to reduce the hours of operation for next season or to do something different altogether.

 

Sela Aquatics reported that pool usage decreased in the weeks leading up to the beginning of school. This would reduce the contract amount paid to Sela for 2018. Staff will also begin advertising the pools much earlier next year in an effort to increase membership.

 

Meeting History

Oct 17, 2017 6:00 PM  City Council Regular Meeting

Interim Public Works Director David Dimaline and Sela representatives to present the pool report.

Mr. Dimaline began by saying the City acquired the Forest Oaks Pool last year and now operates two City pools. The management contract for both pools was advertised last year, and Sela Aquatics, LLC. was awarded the management contract in the amount of $91,000. As part of the management contract, Sela is responsible for staffing lifeguards at both pools, between Memorial Day to Labor Day. In addition, Sela is responsible for maintaining the water quality of both pools year round.

The City developed fees for 2017 that includes gate fees, season passes, party rentals, swim lessons, water aerobics, swim team and concessions. The City Council also developed an affordability rate structure consistent with 2017 HHS requirements, and a $200 price cap for larger families.

Season passes were available to purchase on line, or in person at City Hall. A total of 533 passes were sold this past season. All applications for the Affordability Rate, and families with a $200 cap were processed at City Hall. A total of sixteen applications were processed for the $200 cap, and a total of 39 people applied under the Affordability Rate. Total Revenue to the City collected from both pools was $39,611.29.

The Forest Oaks Pool was deeded to the City by the Forest Oaks Community Association in 2016. Repairs were required before the City could open the Forest Oaks Pool for public use. These repairs included; electrical bonding of the pool; replacement of two pumps and two sand filters; and inoperable pool lights. In addition, repairs were required to be made to the buildings that included doors; locks; and electrical work to the building and concession area. Total pool expenses were $48,149.10.

Council Member Benny Martinez suggested creating a pool committee; and renting out the pool party room.

Council Member Monica Alcocer (with Ms. Acevedo's approval) referred to a letter submitted to members of City Council by pool employee Ashley Acevedo with numerous complaints. This led to a discussion.

Sela Representative stated he was caught off guard and had no knowledge of Ms. Acevedo's concerns. City Attorney Frederick said that it was not appropriate for Council to discuss this at this time and suggested that Council set up a meeting with Sela to discuss since there is a contract between the two.

· Carmen Sanchez, 6731 Blacksmith, suggested that the City keep one of the pools “for profit” and the other free to citizens of Leon Valley.

· Karen Friedeck, 6711 N. Forest Bend, spoke about the decrease in water aerobics memberships which she said was because of lack of advertisement and fees; she also said the cameras are an “intrusion of privacy”; the pool had a cold feeling and wasn’t warm and friendly like it used to be; unhappy lifeguards; and she would like to be on the committee.

· Tom Kelley, 6615 N. Forest Bend, spoke about lack of advertisement and concessions. Mr. Kelley did say that he has never seen the pool run as professionally as it was this past season.

· Irene Baldridge, 6368 Parsley Hill, spoke about forming a committee and volunteered to serve as well.

· Larry Proffitt, 6307 Rue Sophie, spoke about the other things that could be done.

· Karen Friedeck came back to the podium and asked who was maintaining the pools as of today and claimed that both looked like they had algae in them and that the pool house door was open.

o Ms. Friedeck was told that Sela was still maintaining the pool and the Sela representative said he went by today and both pools were “crystal clear”.

City Manager Kuenstler asked for direction from Council. Staff was given direction to work on the formation of a committee; and to provide the numbers from the prior year vs. the year that Sela held the contract on both pools. Council Member Alcocer suggested adding some young people to the committee. The Council said they would like a presentation brought to the Council by the committee by the end of February 2018.

RESULT:PRESENTED

Discussion