The City of Driggs will help the group behind a proposed pool in Teton Valley hire a fundraising consultant for the project.
Teton Valley Aquatics (TVA) plans to raise several million dollars in private donations to build a pool and aquatic center, and to maintain the facility.
Councilman Greer Jones said his biggest concern is that once the facility is finished, the city would be on the hook for the up-keep costs.
Driggs Development Director Doug Self said the group is designing the facility in order to be sustainable, meaning that it intends to keep maintenance costs as low as possible.
Kelly Sadauckas with Teton Valley Aquatics said that, depending on how much the group raises, they plan on creating a $2-3 million endowment to pay for the facility’s upkeep and to provide scholarships to those who can’t afford the entry fee.
The city selected Elaine Walsh Carney with Pathfinder Philanthropy Advisors to create the capital campaign. Carney dropped her fee from $32,000 to $23,00 for the proposal.
Councilman Ralph Mossman was concerned that some of the language in the contract may be too vague.
Sadauckas explained that the contract was meant to be flexible enough to meet the needs of TVA.
“That leaves us with leeway for [Carney] to provide one-on-one training as needed,” she said.
Ultimately, she said, there is a simple test to see if Pathfinder holds up their end of the agreement.
“If we don’t get a developed capital campaign, then she’s not filling the needs of the contract,” Sadauckas said.
The contract calls for Pathfinder to present a draft capital campaign plan by sometime in June.
“Thank you for your efforts on this,” said Mayor Hyrum Johnson to Sadauckas. ‘This is a fantastic project.”