Ives Pool, Sebastopol, Calif. 707 823-8693



Friends of Ives Pool/WSCS

Board Meeting, 11 August 2008

Palm Drive Hospital



In attendance: Alan Siegle, Virginia Porter, Lynn Deedler,

Eric Fritsch. Roger Klein absent.

Ricardo Freitas, Pool Manager

Meeting called to order at 6:35 pm.

Minutes of 14 July mtg. approved as amended.

No public comment.



  • Communicated with STS contractors about Board concerns relating to lack of guarantee on installation if cut-in steps. Worked out details of contract to refinish bath house floors.

Pool Manager

  • Ricardo took one week off; Katie Siegle acted as pool manager and things went very well.
  • Vamos a Nadar program at Ives very successful, and well attended.
  • Summer swim lessons are progressing well.
  • Rich Emig will install thermostat in women’s bath house.
  • DIP (Drowning Is Preventable) launched web-site in July.


  • Roger is absent this month.
  • Full reports are expected next month.
  • Our income and expenses are within the normal range for this time of year.
  • Discussion regarding investments: Virginia to talk to Roger about this. She and Ricardo to investigate options and report back to Board withrecommendations.


  • No report this month

Old Business

  • Pool closure slated for September 2 nd. Pool to reopen Sept. 14 th.
  • The Board reiterated its reluctance to proceed on installation of steps without guarantee. After some Board discussion Alan agreed to check with Rich Emig regarding the City’s position on taking responsibility for the soundness of the pool structure should the steps be installed.
  • City will remove and replace toilets should that prove necessary during the floor refinishing.
  • City will place concrete decking in rectangular area between woman’s bath house and fenced area housing pool equipment. City asks that Friends of Ives Pool pay for the concrete. This space will be used to store the pool cover roller.
  • Lynn urged Board to approve laminated maple planks as bench surfaces. Lynn had previously sent an e-mail with costs and specifications. The Board expressed high interest yet wants to investigate a bit more before coming to a decision. Ricardo to check into Finley’s experience with similar bench surfaces. Han, who built the lifeguard tower for Ives, will be sending a proposal to Ricardo this Wednesday, August 16, for bench surfaces. The Board agreed to caucus by e-mail so that we can make a timely decision regarding the best option.
  • Alan recapped the situation regarding research on a new chlorinator for the pool. We still need additional information before we can make a decision whether a new unit is a sensible investment. Alan will get in touch with Dave Erikson, an engineer who works with the Climate Protection Campaign, to see if he would be willing to research the matter for us.Meanwhile the City is to replace the faulty generator, one of three employed in the present system.

 New Business

  • Ricardo recommends that the Board approve bonus pay for the 2 swim lesson co-ordinators: Katie Siegle and Mary Robinson. He praises their excellent work under sometimes trying circumstances and credits them with the smooth operation of the swim lesson program.
  • Motion: Lynn moves and Eric seconds that we approve Ricardo’s request. Eric, Lynn and Virginia vote in favor. Alan recuses himself from both the discussion and the subsequent vote.
  • Virginia takes up the matter of requiring all adult employees to undergo background checks as a condition of employment. The Board agrees that this is prudent policy and directs Ricardo to implement this policy after the busy summer schedule ends. The Board further agrees that independent contractors engaged in the future will be subject to a similar check. However no independent contractors who are presently working at the pool will be asked to submit to a background check.

The next Board mtg. is slated for Monday, September 29 th.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Eric Fritsch, Secretary