ARPD board discuss revenues, Poker Paddle

The Almanor Recreation and Park District Board of Directors met for its regular meeting July 15. Board Treasurer Susan Espana stated that a special meeting is needed to review the details of the budget to give her time to reconcile all the line items listed in the Profit & Loss Budget sheet for the fiscal year July 2018 through June 2019, before submitting the draft budget report to the county by July 29.

Until then, discussion of the treasurer’s report was tabled until which time it can be finalized.

The June 30 ARPD Cash Reconciliation Report handed out to board members did note that the rec district currently has $58,652.71 cash-on-hand after expenses.

Fun Run revenues

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Additional funds from the successful 40th annual Chester Classic Fourth of July Fun Run organized by director Shane Bergmann with help by ARPD volunteers have yet to be added to the district’s bottom line. The final revenue stream from the event won’t be known until later in the month, according to Bergmann, adding that the fundraiser had a final count of 602 runners competing.

He thanked everyone who volunteered his or her time from ARPD, and especially Carlos Espana who coordinated parking during the event.

Participants reported they were very happy with the new 5k course on Stover Mountain Road, he said, noting that he expected to use the route again next year.

Bergmann also stated that he heard from many in the crowd that they loved the live two-man band Rickety Bridge that entertained the foot racers before the start of the competition.

Mile High 100 results

Income from the recent Mile High 100 bike ride fundraising event was more modest, but still accumulated $2,408 net for the district, down from $3,300 last year due to higher official T-shirt expenditures and higher food costs to the district for the 202 bicyclists, which was down by 22 riders over last year, noted Espana.

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“The good news is we’re holding our own and not going into deficit spending, despite some pretty sizable expenses,” Espana remarked.

Bergmann chimed in that the board should look more closely at streamlining the cost of events to the district by finding better deals from vendors that provide various services and products for rec district programs.

Grant funds

Further discussion on the topic of how best to spend the remaining grant monies in the amount of $2,772.23, donated to the ARPD for capital improvement projects like parking lot reseal and the purchase of a new shed and storage container was also covered at the meeting.

Board member David Slusher suggested that the rec district start applying soon for more grants to bolster its revenues.

Increased insurance costs

Espana told the board that California Association of Park and Recreation Insurance, which provides insurance coverage, had contacted her to say that the rec district could soon expect an increase of 30 percent in premiums this year.

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On a positive note, Espana said the district had managed to reduce its overhead expenses on utilities, water and trash.

Poker Paddle Water Run

An update was given on the progress of the upcoming third annual Lake Almanor Poker Paddle Water Run, scheduled this Saturday, July 27, at the Plumas Pines Resort at 3000 Almanor Drive West (on the shore behind the restaurant) along Lake Almanor’s west shore.

The five-card poker run is open to all non-motorized boats — kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboards, with a start time of 8 a.m.

The registration fee is $50 and includes a box lunch, a stainless steel water bottle, snacks, and a ticket for the Bloody Mary Bar hosted by Plumas Pines Resort, plus one poker hand. Additional poker hands can be purchased for $5 each.

Equipment is also available for rent the day before from Lake Almanor Kayak Rental at 29529 Highway 89 in Canyon Dam or Bodfish Quiet Mountain Sports, 149 Main St., in Chester.

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At Plumas Pines, parking and drop-off: Follow the signs. Drop off your vessel (assistance will be provided for loading/unloading) and you will be given parking directions.

To register online, go to www.eventbrite.com and select: Event, then type in Poker Paddle or register on the day of the event. Call the ARPD main office at 258-2562 or email [email protected] for additional info on the fundraiser or for other questions.

The next regular monthly meeting will be held Monday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m., in the Almanor Recreation and Park District headquarters building at 101 Meadowbrook Loop in Chester. Any person with a disability that requires an accommodation in order to participate in the public meeting may make a request for auxiliary aids or services by calling the ARPD office at 258-2562 or in writing to the district at ARPD, P.O. Box 325, Chester, CA 96020 a minimum of seven days in advance of a regular or special meeting.

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