Perhaps learning from history, the city of Menlo Park released a staff report on the contract renewal for the Burgess swimming pools almost two weeks in advance of the next City Council meeting.
When the council voted four years ago to hand over the then brand-new Burgess facility to Team Sheeper, a private contractor, without charging rent or putting the contract out to bid, some residents were outraged. The current lease expires in May 2011, so residents have plenty of time to wade into the controversy.
Community Services Director Cherise Brandell said the city is releasing the documents early "to ensure a transparent and contemplative process."
To read the staff report and draft request for proposals (RFP), go to City of Menlo Park, select "City Council," then click on the Aug. 11 agenda.
The council will consider the request for proposals at its next meeting on Aug. 24, with an anticipated deadline to receive proposals in October.
Prior to the deadline, the staff report states, the city intends to mail a survey to pool users, seeking input about operating hours, services, and fees.