ALAMEDA -- The City Council is set to consider loaning the Alameda Unified School District $1.5 million to upgrade the Emma Hood Swim Center as part of an agreement between the city and district to keep the island's two public swim centers open.
About $1.9 million is needed to renovate Emma Hood, which is located on the Alameda High School campus and features two heated outdoor pools. They are used by the school's swim and water polo teams, as well as the public.
The council approved the operating agreement with the district in June last year after voters rejected a proposal to raise the city's sales tax to help pay for a new swim center, the construction of an emergency operations center and other projects.
The one-year agreement calls for the city and the district to each pay half the cost of keeping Emma Hood and the city's other swim center at Encinal High School open, an effort which totals about $295,000 annually. The city pays for ongoing maintenance and the district funds major capital work under the deal.
The proposal that will go before the council Sept. 17 calls for the district to receive a $1.5 million loan through the city's equipment replacement fund. The city has already earmarked $750,000 this year in its capital improvement program toward the pools.
If school district trustees reject the 10-year loan, which has a 4 percent interest rate, city officials will begin steps toward constructing a new swim center at Alameda Point, according to the resolution that will go before the council.
The resolution provides the district an Oct. 18 deadline to accept the loan terms, plus it extends the one-year agreement approved last year through Oct. 21.
City officials are currently reviewing a draft environmental impact report for Alameda Point that includes plans for a 44-acre sports complex along the Oakland-Alameda Estuary. It would have a swim center, sports fields and other recreational amenities.
Reach Peter Hegarty at 510-748-1654, or follow him on Twitter.com/peter_hegarty.
The Alameda City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.