Ives Pool, Sebastopol, Calif. 707 823-8693



Friends of Ives Pool/WSCS

Board Meeting, 16 March 2009

Sebastopol City Hall


In attendance: Alan Siegle, Virginia Porter, Lynn Deedler, Roger Klein, Eric Fritsch. .

Meeting called to order at 6:10 pm.

Minutes of February mtg. approved as amended.

No public comment, though Mike Swaney came about 6:30.



  • Efren Carrillo, the new 5 th district supervisor, visited the pool during an Aqua Aerobics class. He swam at Ives as a child. He was impressed with the pool and at the high number of pool users.
  • Diving Blocks were recoated to provide a non-slip surface and appeared to be so, but proved faulty and must be redone.
  • Our tax returns have been completed by our accountant, Mark McDonell.
  • Alan has received a request from Aqua Aerobics, to be discussed later in the meeting.
  • Also received a request to repair or replace the pace clock mounted on the tower at the east end of the pool. Ricardo is looking into possible repair.

Pool Manager

Ricardo not present.


  • Roger presents financial statements. He explains his repeated and strenuous efforts to set up accounts at Wells Fargo and his increasing frustration with the process. Rogers suggests that we may be better off banking elsewhere.
  • Motion: Virginia moves and Roger seconds that Roger be granted authority to set up an account at another local institution at his discretion, should Wells Fargo continue its foot dragging.

All in favor.

New Business

 Sea Serpents (Mike Swaney)

Mike reminds the Board that the SSS desires more dedicated office space. He also asks that we find (or create) sheltered space in which the swimmers, particularly the younger ones, may perform stretching exercises prior to entering the water.

  • Mike hopes that the new contract, yet to be negotiated, will more specifically address those areas which are now unclear or confusing and have led to misunderstandings in the past.

Aqua Aerobics Request

  • The Aqua Aerobics classes have asked that we find some better way to accommodate the large number of patrons, mostly women, who must leave the pool immediately at the end of class, and thus are forced to wait uncomfortably for the few showers to become available. The Board asks Ricardo to find a solution in consultation with the affected classes.


  • Eric reports that our liability insurance policy has been renewed, that we have a new account manager, Christine Leonard, a few questions yet to be answered,and that we have been anointed St. Ives!

Old Business

Bathhouse Update

  • Lynn reports no news regarding STS work.
  • Lynn mentions continuing dissatisfaction with cleanliness of locker rooms.
  • Soap dispenser is frequently empty in men’s locker room. This is coincident with the start of high school swimming. Board agrees that the dispenser should be kept filled or removed.

Chlorine system update

  • Alan reports that the city will release us from further payments on the failing chlorine generator, thus permitting us to purchase the new system we’ve been investigating. We will seek a discounted price from the manufacturer.

Solar Water Heating

  • Alan reports that the company he is in touch with will come to the pool to look at our site and provide an analysis. This will probably happen within the next month or two.

 Membership Drive

  • We now have 181 members. Virginia discussed language for use on new signs in the locker rooms intended to raise awareness and encourage membership. Virginia to send proposed language by e-mail.

 April meeting date

  •   Monday, April 20 at the City Hall.

Meeting adjourned at 7:30pm.

Executive session followed

Respectfully submitted

Eric Fritsch, Secretary