The Turlock City Council unanimously voted on June 22, 2010 that all elected officials give up their City provided medical insurance, saving the City of Turlock an estimated $90,000 annually.
Per the request of Councilwoman Amy Bublak, the savings are to contribute toward funding recreation, more specifically the pools.
On the same June 22nd Council Meeting, a continued request to authorize suspension of recreation swimming sessions at Turlock and Pitman High Schools for a savings of $18,000 was on the agenda.
Councilwoman Mary Jackson requested two weeks ago at the previous Council Meeting that this agenda item be deferred to a later date and give the community time to contribute toward the cause of keeping the pools open.
An announcement at the June 22, 2010 Council Meeting proved that Turlock’s community took on the effort and raised $14,425.00, including a $6,000 donation from the Turlock Fire Fighter Union Local 2434. These donations, along with Council’s decision to cut their insurance to help fund the pools specifically, saved recreation swimming sessions at Turlock and Pitman High Schools while continuing to keep open Columbia Pool.
Vice Mayor Kurt Spycher said “I’m just floored that this speaks highly of our community and when they really see a value in something how they get behind it and support it, so this is outstanding.”
“I want to thank the good people of Turlock because in two short weeks, that is an amazing amount of money and the commitment to youth and to the community is just amazing,” said Councilwoman Mary Jackson. “That’s why we’re proud to live in Turlock.”
Councilman Ted Howze wanted it noted that Council also gave up their City provided insurance to fund recreation, and more specifically to keep the pools open, and that it should be remembered the funding would be there for the pools in the future as Councilwoman Amy Bublak suggested.
Former Parks and Recreation Commissioner Gabi Kinsella was thanked by Councilwoman Jackson for her fundraising efforts.
Recreation Swim Session Contributions
Turlock High School
Turlock Kiwanis Club $1,500
Turlock Sunrise Rotary Club $1,000
Turlock Lions Club $1,000
Winton, Ireland, Strom, and Green $1,000
Kiwanis Club of Greater Turlock $800
Gene Carrillo Jr – Ameriprise Financial $500
Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital $500
Noon Rotary Club of Turlock $500
SupHerb Farms $500
Schmidt, Bettencourt & Medeiros $250
Turlock Assoc. Police Officers $250
Alpha Poultry & Livestock Equip. Inc $200
Carl & Hazel Rosebrough $100
Triebsch & Frampton $100
Allen Mortuary $100
John Lazar $50
Mary Jackson $50
Phil & Elizabeth May $25
Pitman High School
Turlock Fire Fighters Local 2434 $6,000
David and Michelle Funk (unknown)
Summer Recreation Swim
COLUMBIA POOL HOURS
Monday – Thursday – 12:30 – 3:30 pm
Fridays – Closed
Saturdays – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday – Family Swim – 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Sundays – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
TURLOCK HIGH & PITMAN HIGH POOL HOURS
Monday – Friday – 12:30 – 3:00 pm
$1.00 7 – 17 years
$2.00 18 yrs and older
6 years & under FREE w/ paying adult.
The City of Turlock just added a water feature next to the pool in Columbia Park. The City Council approved spending $200,000 in grants and $200,000 of Redevelopment Agency funds to construct the water feature.
The entire City Council was in favor of this project, but Councilman Kurt Spycher suggested and advocated the project while continually making sure a spring opening would be the deadline for completion.
The water feature opened in May and includes a covered arbor area with benches also.