With all of the lakes and rivers including Pine Crest closer to Twain Harte than say, Don Pedro, why do we need to spend $445,000 on refurbishing a swimming pool? Is it just me or does that sound like a lot of money for one swimming pool? I realize it is a grant as if it just comes out of the blue so it can be spent willy nilly. How about spending that money on addressing some of our poverty stricken areas or helping the elderly get heat for the winter or transportation, or Soup Kitchens for the homeless. How about spending $445,000 on fire apparatus or law enforcement tools? A swimming pool? $445,000? Really? Please tell me I am wrong or have some priorities in our county become confused? To all the wonderful people in Twain Harte, Go jump in the lake! No pun intended.
@sesrog...The large majority of grants cannot be spent "willy nilly"
Most grants are awarded for specific purposes and there are specific grants for all of the things you mentioned.
For instance, a grant that the Sheriffs Dept. may get to buy a new boat for lake patrol can't be spent on new office furniture. Most grants are pretty stringent when it comes to the money being spent on the intended purpose.
I'm a bit confused on how many pools are going to be repaired for half a million dollars. Like sesroh, it sounds like too much. Then again, anything government provides cost much more than private projects. I googled " how much for a built in swimming pool" and confirmed it does sound like a but county pools are bigger than most private pools.
The reason pools were really put in was because of all the drowning victims from lakes and rivers in the past. That's the exact reason Sonora Highs was put in.
Not to save water from private pool use.
1 person lost while being tangled up in old barbed wire fence in some of our historically low lakes, justifies the 445,000.
Or 1 person lost while being carried away with spring run off
(if we get any) is worth the 445,000.
Check the record of drownings in public pools for the last 40 years.
I bet its better than the streams and lakes.
So..is your kid worth it, I know mine is.
For that kind of money a private sector organization could build several new pools.....the pool should be fixed but this is wasteful.
A lot of kids learn how to swim in these pools. It use to be standing room only for sign ups for swim lessons. It would be unfortunate not to have them open this summer. Let's not over look who the investment is going towards. I guess the questions is are the Kid's worth it.
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