Port Angeles pool district pays back loan from Clallam County; city to award $230,000 energy rebate

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — William Shore Memorial Pool District officials will present a $261,000 check to Clallam County Treasurer Selinda Barkhuis on Tuesday, paying off a line of credit that was extended when the district was formed in 2009, pool Executive Director Steve Burke has announced.

The presentation will be made at the district’s 3 p.m. board meeting in Room 160 at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St.

Also at that meeting, the district will receive a $230,000 energy rebate from the city of Port Angeles for energy upgrades that were completed in August 2013.

The district used the line of credit for operational expenses between its establishment in June 2009 and April 2010, when a voter-approved tax levy began to generate revenue for the pool.

The district used $300,000 from an authorized $750,000 line of credit.

William Shore Memorial Pool, located at 225 E. Fifth St., was owned and operated by the city of Port Angeles from its 1962 opening through 2008.

The metropolitan park district that owns the pool now is a junior taxing district that mirrors the boundaries of the Port Angeles School District.

“The district appreciates the Clallam County Board of Commissioners and the Clallam County Treasurer, Selinda Barkhuis, for establishing the line of credit to maintain an open pool facility during the transition from the city of Port Angeles to the WSMPD (pool district),” officials said in a Wednesday news release.

“This is a great example of a successful collaboration between government entities for the benefit of the district taxpayers by keeping the pool facility open and operating.”

William Shore Memorial Pool has seen record attendance and use of programs every year since 2009, officials said.

The pool is on pace to have more than 80,000 visits this year compared to less than 50,000 in 2009.

Financially, the pool has doubled its annual program revenue with more than $300,000 projected for this year.

The rebate stems from a six-month energy audit that documented electrical savings resulting from an upgrade that extended the life of the facility by at least 25 years.

The audit showed a 43 percent savings in electrical costs equating to more than $50,000 per year.

The district contributed $1.4 million to the upgrade to go along with a $450,000 grant from the state Department of Commerce.

In other pool news, Burke announced in a press release that the district received the Distinguished Budget Presentation award from the Government Finance Officers Association for the second time.

The district’s 2014 budget was rated as proficient in 14 mandatory criteria.

“The award represents a significant achievement by the District and reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting,” officials said.

The pool was named for William “Bill” Shore, a Port Angeles coach and swim teacher.

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