Editor: The discussion of a settlement amount of $1.3 million dollars from the Hofmann Company to the Town of Discovery Bay (DB) to be used to increase the pool size to six lanes is a pretty hot topic around our town these days.
In all fairness to the homes in DB, the Community Services District (CSD) Board should issue a survey to the public asking what programs or projects they would like to see addressed to be more inclusive. Now the town is thinking of spending the $1.3 million dollar windfall on a pool for a couple hundred people who use it for 7 months. What about the other 1,300 K-8 kids who attend our three schools plus the other 500 who are now in high school who don’t swim and have no other outside activities in this community to use? I’m not saying a bigger pool should not be built, but how do we disseminate the funding in fairness for all 16,000 residents in Discovery Bay?
How about a partial refund to all homes that had to purchase water meters? The town told the pickleball club they had to raise their own $40,000 to build and maintain pickle ball courts, how about helping them out? The board agreed in a meeting two years ago we should build a skateboard park, only to find continued excuses about where it should go when we met with the parks and landscape subcommittee. Here you go, subcommittee, let me do your homework for you: perhaps purchase a half-acre of land from the church next door for $40,000 for a BMX/ skateboard park, as the church said they will not use most of the 3.5 acres they purchased back in 2014. They are now trying to build a “community” sports field for all to use, but have not raised the total amount they need. Just like, that there is a win/win for all. Now we have a spot, and can build the skateboard park, all for under $200,000. Amazing!
If maintenance of an Olympic-sized pool is 10% of the cost of the pool, then that’s $100,000 per year just for the pool maintenance, not counting the cost of the community center to keep it running. How about all the ADA upgrades to the community center, parking and many other additional costs that will follow by law just to build and maintain the pool? I’m guessing the pool will not bring in the needed $100,000 plus per year in revenue needed to maintain the pool, so the Zone 8 fund will be burdened even further than it already is.
It would be wonderful if the three CSD board members who are in favor of spending all $1.3 on this pool would do their homework and figure out how best to make the $1.3 million work for all. Yes, it would be great to have a huge pool and so many other things for our kids and community. We think the town should pump the brakes a bit, do their homework and really think about how best to use the $1.3 million.