Mtn. View City Pool eyes tentative opening date

After two long years, the city of Mountain View can look forward to opening the pool for the summer. A tentative date of the fifteenth of June has been set, if construction can be finalized.
"We're at their mercy," said City Operations Manager Eddie Owens at the meeting of the Board of Aldermen on May 9. "As far as the city is concerned, we have done everything we can possibly do. It's up to them now."
Due to weather, Heintz Pool and Spa has been busy finishing other projects but are slated to come back to Mtn. View soon to wrap up the work. Alongside construction, the aldermen agreed that they would prefer to have everything in place on opening day instead of rushing the opening.
City Pool Manager Kayla Zimmerman and Assistant Pool Manager Becky Barnes attended Tuesday’s meeting to give an update on their department. Zimmerman reported she would travel to Lebanon on May 20 and 21, where she would take classes to become a Lifeguard and CPR Instructor. This means that Zimmerman will be able to train her lifeguards herself.
"We have missed the deadline for sending our lifeguards for training," Zimmerman explained to the board of aldermen. "When I take these classes, I will be able to train lifeguards at any time for the season."
Alderman Brenda Colter had questions about recent fundraising efforts by the pool department. Zimmerman explained that she is looking to raise funds to clean up the general area of the pool, update the food-serving area, and for some touch-up painting to be done.
Alderman Murray Anderson brought up Zimmerman’s Facebook post on the fundraising efforts. He began by instructing Zimmerman to bring requests such as those to the Board of Alderman for approval. When the News contacted Anderson for clarification on this instruction, he explained that he wasn’t being negative, but as a new department head Zimmerman should know she can come to the board with any questions or requests, and that the board is there to help and offer ideas and suggestions to any issue she may be facing. Plus, Anderson said, it is mutually beneficial if everyone is on the same page and efforts are coordinated.
Anderson suggested that Zimmerman should approach the Mountain View Community Betterment for funding needs that exceed her department’s budget. Community Betterment could handle the leg work for getting those donations. As a 501(c)3 they are in a better position to run fundraisers and could offer tax write-offs for businesses who donate, Anderson explained. 
Talks in the May 9 meeting moved on to the pool’s budget as Zimmerman essentially had no starting point to create her department's budget. The board of aldermen instructed her to meet with City Clerk Sara Chowning and City Operations Manager Eddie Owens to review past budgets as a frame of reference.
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