Midwest Pool Management will likely be in charge of Washington’s pool again next summer.
Parks and Recreation Director Darren Dunkle said Midwest Pool was the only group to respond to the city’s request for proposal (RFP) to manage the Agnes Nolting Aquatics Complex. Midwest Pool has managed the pool for the last several years.
The most recent five-year contract with Midwest Pool expired at the end of the season. Dunkle said he opened the RFP process to different vendors, but said there were only two in the area and Midwest Pool was the only one to respond.
Dunkle said the contract terms are similar to the one just finished. The biggest difference is the term of the deal.
Because of the uncertain future of the pool, Dunkle said the proposed deal is just for one year with two one-year options.
The pool is aging and the city is in the middle of discussions about what to do in the future. The city’s capital improvement sales tax committee is weighing a proposal to replace the current pool.
If the pool is replaced, Dunkle said obviously the contract would have to change. While things are being discussed, he said the best option is to keep the management contract on a yearly basis.
The contract calls for a management fee of $21,690 and a maintenance fee of $25,196 for 2018. The maximum base salary for staff is not to exceed $83,189 and $10,543 for cashiers.
Dunkle said the prices have fluctuated somewhat from the last contract, but are about in line with what the city paid last year.
Dunkle was asked if the city would save money not outsourcing the management. He said there would be some savings, but also some issues. The city would have to hire and manage the staff — including hiring a full-time worker to maintain the pool.
Bringing in a bunch of new people each summer would put a strain on the city’s human resources department, he said. Additionally Dunkle pointed out there’s a lifeguard shortage so it’s hard to find people — something the city right now doesn’t have to worry about.
The park board unanimously backed the proposal. The city council will vote to approve a contract at a future meeting in 2018.