Pool options considered

City defers GA discussion in Stephens’ absence

Pool options consideredBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

The city’s Parks, Recreation & Quality of Life Committee is pursuing options for a new public pool for Ridgecrest.

“There’s a grant being pursued for up to $8.5 million that could be used for a pool,” reported Councilmember Scott Hayman during Wednesday’s Ridgecrest City Council meeting. Hayman said the majority of the committee meeting was dedicated to discussing the pool prospect.

“It was a good meeting – we came out feeling very excited about the whole thing,” he said.

Hayman said the committee is interested in finding a professional grant writer and will be soliciting support and involvement from the community in the near future.

“We want to get input from the community as to what we would want from a pool,” he said. “I urge everybody to get the word out. It would sure be a wonderful thing to see a pool back up and running in the community.”

In other water news – a discussion item regarding the city’s future participation on the IWV Groundwater Authority was pulled at the last minute due to the absence of Mayor Pro Tem Lindsey Stephens, who had originally asked for the item to be included on the agenda.

After councilmembers were told last month by legal counsel that the city’s Groundwater Authority representative was not obligated to carry out the city’s wishes when it came to voting, Stephens suggested that the city withdraw from the agency.

That concern manifested when Hayman voted to approve the GA’s $2,130-per-acrefoot “groundwater replenishment fee,” despite majority opposition from the council.

“The deletion of that discussion item threw me for a loop,” said member of the public Skip Goreman who called in for comment. “I’d like to get on the agenda for council to consider voting Scott Hayman off of the GA board.”

Mayor Peggy Breeden reminded Gorman that public comment was over and directed him to save his thoughts for a time when the discussion would be put back on the agenda – presumably for the Sept. 16 meeting.

The Ridgecrest City Council also voted to approve an ordinance allowing for “cottage industries” to operate their businesses from residential homes (see story). For more information on City Council, visit ridgecrest-ca.gov/ridgecrest-city-council.

Story First Published: 2020-09-04