Bill Rivers began the meeting by briefing the Board on three recent meetings/events:
- The City Council passed the FY 2016 budget for the City with its associated 10-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). FY 2017 of the CIP includes $2.3 million for a new pool at Warwick and FY 2017 and FY 2018 include approximately $20 million for Chinquapin (plus our $2.5 million contribution in FY 2018). In the discussion on the budget, the City also confirmed that there was $150,000 in the FY 2015 budget to start work on Warwick.
- Carolyn and Bill are meeting with the City staff and DASH bus officials about how to transport kids from the closed Warwick pool area to Old Town this summer.
- There was a meeting with the Potomac Marlins, City staff and AAA regarding a cover for the Old Town pool to make it a year round venue. It was estimated that it would cost about $ 1million to do that (including winterizing the bathhouse, adding pool heaters, etc.). The Marlins felt that they could generate revenue for the City through use of the pool, but that they didn’t have any start-up capital to contribute. Further discussions will be held with the company that does pool enclosures (particularly structured membranes), but there is no active plan to convert Old Town at this point.