News - January 19, 2011

Menlo Park plans to renew Team Sheeper pool contract

by Sandy Brundage

Team Sheeper will continue to operate the Burgess pool, and add the Belle Haven pool to its roster, under a revised contract that may head to the Menlo Park council for approval next month once the city attorney completes his review.

Team Sheeper would pay $3,000 a month for the Burgess pools, a $6.8-million public facility, and operate the Belle Haven pools for at least three months a year. According to Community Services Director Cherise Brandell's analysis, that would save the city approximately $90,000 a year.

The 10-year contract also spells out how much access a competing swim club, SOLO Aquatics, will have to both facilities. The club clashed with Team Sheeper during the past three years over practice times and publicity.

Now, if the City Council approves the new contract on Feb. 15 as planned, SOLO should have a regular late afternoon practice time during the week at a discounted rate of $6 per hour. They should also get an equal share of bulletin board space to advertise their programs.

SOLO didn't get everything it wanted — Ms. Brandell's memo states that Team Sheeper won't have to eliminate any program that competes directly with SOLO, or give the other club space for private lessons.

The city also appears to be addressing other concerns raised by the community, namely, improved communications and oversight. Team Sheeper will need to prepare an annual report for the Parks and Recreation Commission that includes a breakdown of fees and pool time allocations, and also share costs with the city for a semi-annual inspection by an external expert.

Representatives for Team Sheeper and SOLO Aquatics were not yet available for comment.


There are no comments yet for this post

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields