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Verdugo swimming pool is on its way

July 14, 2011

Recently there have been a number of letters regarding the closure of the Verdugo Park swimming pool (“There is no bonus to bonus payouts,” July 6). I thought it might be helpful to clarify the reason for this temporary closure.

In recent years, the 50-year-old pool has suffered excessive daily water loss due to its aging infrastructure. For the safety of swimmers, it was closed in fall 2008. Since then, we have formed an Aquatic Study Group, hired an architect, conducted extensive community outreach and designs were completed for not only Verdugo, but also the deteriorating McCambridge Park swimming pool.

The City Council has already approved funding for the new 50-meter pool and water play area at Verdugo, and we are excited that construction will begin in the coming months and be complete next summer. The council will be addressing the McCambridge pool in the near future.

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Like many other cities in California, Burbank is facing some challenging budget times. Our pension costs have risen dramatically and continue to account for much of our ongoing deficit. The council continues to make tough decisions regarding the important programs and services you have come to expect in our city.

The funding for the Verdugo pool has been in place for several years and is a priority. I ask for your patience as we move forward in this process and look forward to seeing our children splashing in a beautiful, but more importantly, safe new pool very soon.

Dave Golonski

Burbank

Editor’s note: Golonski is a member of the Burbank City Council.


Voters: Don’t forget council’s choices

Perhaps someone out there can help me understand the priorities of the Burbank City Council.

I've lived in Burbank for 24 years and have found Burbank to be a wonderful place to raise my family. However, recently I find it difficult to understand our City Council.

How can you let the school crossing guards who have a responsibility for the safety of our children be told “You can keep your jobs, but you will no longer be receiving any health or welfare benefits. We can't afford it as a city,” while at the same time we pay out $4 million in bonuses to our city employees?

How can we keep the Verdugo Park swimming facility closed for a period of years while we bail out the DeBell golf course to the tune of at least $1 million.

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