By Eric Laughlin
Mother Lode News correspondent
The Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors has reached a pool usage contract with the Sierra Sharks Swim Team that doesn’t stray much from what was agreed to last year.
The swim team will have access to the pool for a total of 263 hours from May through July, at an hourly rate of $55, the same as last year’s. The team will extend its usage time by an hour or so on certain days, resulting in a usage increase of 31 hours from last season.
The Sharks will pay usage fees of $14,449, up from $12,744 last year. Total lifeguard charges will also go up slightly from $10,153 last year to $11,140.
The Sharks will have access to the pool from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday between May 2-31, Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. from June 1-3, Monday through Thursday from 7 to 9 a.m. between June 6 and July 28, and Friday during that period from 9 to 11 a.m.
Afternoon swim sessions for the Sharks between June 6 and July 28 will be weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. There are also four Saturday summer swim meets scheduled.
After agreeing to the contract with the Sharks, the Cameron Park Community Services District board voted to maintain current usage fees for the lake and pool.
Pool usage fees will remain $3 for youth ($2 afternoon session), $4 for adults ($3 afternoon session), $3 for seniors ($2 afternoon session), and $1 for spectators. Lake usage fees are currently $3 for residents, $5 for non-residents and $1 for seniors.
Director Rich Green was adamant about keeping the fees affordable, while Director Greg Stanton drew attention to the fact that Placerville and El Dorado Hills are charging more than the district.
“We have the potential to attract more people with a lower rate,” Green said. “I’ve heard from a lot of people who think our rates are on the high side.”
The board did vote to add a lake/pool combination pass to the list, which annually will run $135 for individual residents or $250 for a family of five. Also added was a lake walking pass, which will run $50 for residents who wish to use only the pathway weekdays from 7 to 9 a.m.