Additions to the rec center aquatics complex and fitness area will be budgeted in 2013, Delta City Council members agreed after hearing rec center manager Wilma Erven say she already has the funds on hand.
The capital project will include a 40x70-foot multi-purpose room that will be used for dance classes, spin (bike) classes and tae kwon do.
The room currently used for dance classes will be converted to a racquetball court, as originally designed.
The cost for that addition is $322,000; the aquatics additions have been priced at close to $2.2 million, although Erven believes the renovations can be completed for less.
Plus, she believes, an increase in revenues will "much" offset the expenditure because people who have complained that the water is too cool and the pool contains too much chlorine will be much happier with the warmer temperatures and UV filtration.
The 6,000-square-foot addition will incorporate a new therapy pool, wellness pool and "lazy river" for walking. Warm water temperatures facilitate rehabilitation for patrons undergoing physical therapy and are beneficial for those who suffer from arthritis and joint pain.
Erven has the funds in hand, thanks to voter approval of a 3/4¢ sales tax extension in 2010. The rec center also receives a quarter cent from the city's 3.9% sales tax on a permanent basis, to help cover operations and maintenance.
Parks supervisor Paul Suppes is asking for increased funding for flowers and chemicals. He showed a conceptual plan of the landscaping which will complement the new sign to Devil's Thumb Golf Course at Highway 50 and H38 Road. He received a grant of $8,000 for a water tap, irrigation, trees and seeding, but will need a budget increase to cover the flowers he plans to plant in that area. In addition, he told council members former city manager Joe Kerby worked out an agreement with Maverik, the new convenience store under construction at the corner of Highway 50 and 92, to place two flower beds along Highway 50 and one along Highway 92. The three flower beds, which would be the size of the median planters, are to be planted and maintained by the city. They'll require 250-350 plants each.
The news of this agreement came as a surprise to council members. Saying she felt "blindsided," councilmember Mary Cooper asked if there is a possibility of cutting back on other remote parks to help cover the increased cost of the new flowerbeds. The alternate truck route and visitors' center will create even more opportunities for landscaping and maintenance. The flowers are nice, but they're also expensive to maintain, Cooper noted.
"I'm going to agree with Mary here," said councilmember Robert Jurca. "Something is going to have to give."
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