Mar 26 2011

Opinion: Errors noted in Piedmont Post Pool Article

Correspondence from Timothy Rood, Piedmont Swim Club President, to the Piedmont Post

Re:  No record of pool decision or consultant hire

Dear Sir,

Your March 23 article, “Recreation Commission tests water on pool transition,” includes two incorrect statements. First, there is no record of a decision by the City Council on February 7, or any other date, to not renew the city’s lease with the Piedmont Swim Club. According to Article 2.07(c) of the City Charter, Council decisions require a majority vote, and no vote on the pool transition was publicly noticed or taken. Second, your article goes on to state that “Municipal Aquatics Consultant” Jeff Eorio “was hired by the city to facilitate the transition.” In fact, there is no public record of any aquatics consultant contract, and the Council did not allocate any funding for aquatics in the current fiscal year budget. According to Piedmont’s fundamental law, the Charter, “the City” can only make decisions or hire consultants by majority vote of the City Council. Our Council, City Administrator and City Attorney are surely aware of these Charter provisions, but routinely choose to ignore them.


Timothy Rood
Piedmont resident

(This letter expresses the personal opinions of the author. All statements made are the opinion of the writer and not necessarily those of the Piedmont Civic Association.)

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