Tuesday: MP may ask for bids on pool contract


The Menlo Park City Council, which meets Tuesday (Aug. 24) after a summer recess, has three items of note on its agenda.

The council will consider asking for bids on a contract to operate the Burgess pool center. The current contract, held by Team Sheeper, expires in May 2011.

In addition, the City Council will review Menlo Park's response to the San Mateo County grand jury report that criticized the city's red-light cameras on several points, including how far warning signs were posted from the intersections with cameras.

Last but not least, the Environmental Quality Commission may finally fill its vacancies. Council members will appoint two people from a pool of three applicants, namely, Jean Baronas, Kathy Schrenk, and Roger Thompson. The new commissioners will serve until April 2014.

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Posted by Rokky
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 24, 2010 at 2:48 pm

OK, let's charge a high rent. Operating costs go into determining the fee. The fee for use goes up, participation goes down. Participation goes down, programs and hours are cut back. There is a budget deficit. No money therefore no swim and sport program.
Actually, this scenario sounds parallel to Caltrain's woes of raising rates, cutting service and not responding to reasonable requests from the dedicated ridership.
Yes, bond money went into building the pool for the benefit of the citizens. But a low utilization and near empty facility will not fill the coffers of the city.
Please be reasonable in this bidding process. We have a highly successful and well utilized program. The numbers of participants attest to the success of the current program management.

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Posted by Pay Up or Pack Up, Sheeper!
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 24, 2010 at 9:53 pm

"Yes, bond money went into building the pool for the benefit of the citizens."

Yea, try $7 mil there, Rokky. Where else you gonna get to run a $7 million facility rent-free? Only under the previous libertarian city council regime.

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Posted by History lesson
a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 24, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Before the pool was built!!!! MENLO MASTERS members offered to pay for the Burgess pool for free--a large fund raising drive collected seven or eight hundred of thousand in under three weeks (this was back when everyone had money)--this gift was too scary for Menlo Park to accept "from a cult" so they did it their own way and then found themselves stuck and unable to complete their goals for the pool.

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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Aug 25, 2010 at 9:12 am

I watched the City Council mmeting last night and observed the genius Kelly Fergusson refer to the RFQ as a Request for Qualification. Her knowledge of the proposal process never ceases to amaze me. I had a good chuckle over that one. Perhaps if we issued Kelly's version of RFQs to her Rich and Heyward the voters would not have qualified them to run.

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