PIEDMONT -- The city's Recreation Department is losing a key member of its team.
Recreation supervisor David Weisgerber announced at the May 21 meeting that he is leaving Tuesday to take a job as preschool and youth coordinator in Pleasanton. He will take up his post Wednesday.
His departure leaves the department without two key employees. A replacement is being sought to fill the departure of Recreation Director Mark Delventhal, who retired in late December. Penny Robb has been filling in as interim director.
Members of the Recreation Commission were surprised and disappointed that Weisgerber was leaving.
"I wish you could be here forever," chair Nick Levinson said.
Weisgerber, who did a variety of jobs including overseeing pool operations and numerous sport programs, had been with the city for five years. He lives in Livermore and said he welcomes the 6-mile commute to his new job in Pleasanton.
"It is bittersweet. I hope there will be a smooth transition," Weisgerber said.
Commissioner Stephen Mills told Weisgerber, "We hate to see you go, but we wish you the best of luck."
Weisgerber reviewed the status for the panel of swim center memberships, which are up for this year to 434 compared to 396 last year. Prices remain the same for pool memberships, facility rentals and the like.
"We will continue to market swim passes. Revenues are up 38 percent for swim lessons. We are reaching out to parent groups, and plan swim camps and fun activities like boat races," he said, in which children fashion cardboard boats and race them in the pool. The pool complex will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday for repairs.
"It's not the best timing, but it must be done," Weisgerber said.
Pool filters and a lateral will be replaced, the deck repaired and locker rooms painted. A July 4 barbecue and "splash and float" movie night are being planned.
Weisgerber said a full slate of summer sport activities are available for youth, including cheerleading camp, tennis, basketball, baseball and soccer camps. For details or to sign up, visit www.ci.piedmont.ca.us and click on "recreation brochure."
The department's proposed budget is in good shape with a 6 percent reduction for 2014-15. Estimated expenditures for 2013-14 are at $4,011,100, with $3,919,594 budgeted for 2014-15. Part of the savings comes from no salary being paid to a recreation director this year, Robb said.
Robb said she expects the same robust response to July 4 parade entries as in years past. The only significant change is the banning of candy throwing from floats to ensure children's safety and to prevent them from darting into the street. Some children have been seriously injured in other cities darting in front of parade vehicles to retrieve candy.