Randall: You have the facts on the pool as best that I can determine, minus the swim meet idea, will get something back on that later in the month. I am not defending the status quo. I did not say the parks and recreation advisory board was an unimpeachable group. My point on all of the City Boards is that they need input from the Commission as a group. Call it guidance on what the majority desire. Some boards, like the CVB needed to be reorganized but that failed on a 3-2 vote. The boards also need to not have conventions in Overland Park .
Take the case of the Parks Board. If three of the Commissioners like the idea of the Marlin’s using the pool during public hours, then the input or guidance will be business as usual. The problem is that the Commission has not yet determined to provide any guidance. I made that suggestion at the Retreat we had in January, but it got no traction. So the boards will continue to operate in a vacuum.
We are still working on the water bill SSAB donation program effort. MES put in some radio spots on the topic last Month. Have you donated yet? We are pushing for everyone to kick in 1 dollar a month. That will help subsidize the $378,000 investment that the city made in SSAB this year.
Let us make a data based comparison on the pools subsidy and SSAB. Look at page 137 of 2014 budget book. It covers Swimming Pools Division. Operating Expenditures of $601,600 for all facilities – splash park, water feature at Blue Earth and the three pools. Revenue of $464,000 projected. Subsidy of $137,000. Compare that with page168 SSAB outside services – subsidy of $378,000.
The pool subsidy covers about 80 days of operation. So a swim meet would use 1/80 of the subsidy. But as the subsidy is for all 3 pools and 2 water features, so the 1/80 amount should be reduced by a further 1/3. So at worst closing the pools for the Marlins for a day would be subsidized at a cost of $565. So if they are charged at least the average cost of the daily operation subsidy for the entire pool division – say $1712, it is a break even proposition. The data indicates that SSAB gets the priority in subsidy.