New Braunfels City Council on Monday unanimously approved establishing a year-round competitive swim team at Das Rec, the city’s recreation center, and gave the go-ahead to negotiate a contract for its coach, Derek Howorth.
The lone action item on council’s retreat agenda authorized Howorth to form a local team under USA Swimming, the nation’s governing body for competitive swimming. Council members on May 28 delayed making a decision until they received more information on how team practices would affect other Das Rec members.
“The contract with Derek Howorth gives him use of seven lanes of the competition pool for running the swim team,” the city said in a statement. “One lane will remain open at all times for members and our master swim classes. The council wanted to make sure that our staff and coach Howorth were flexible with use of an additional lane if there is a need.”
Stacey Dicke, parks and recreation director, indicated team practices would be held between 4:45-8:45 p.m. five days a week, using most lanes of the larger competition pool. No details were available Tuesday that confirmed those times or specifics of Howorth’s contract, though the city indicated it would release further information when a contract was finalized.
“The council wanted to ensure there was some flexibility in the contract to be able to work with the swim coach on not only working with the team but the existing (Das Rec) membership,” City Manager Robert Camareno said.
The Das Rec Club Swim Team will include between 80 and 100 members that will compete in junior to mid-level USA Swimming competitions.
“We are looking forward to have coach Howorth as a part of our team,” Dicke said. “He brings a vast amount of experience and skills which will greatly benefit our kids in New Braunfels.”
Council on Monday also reviewed the city’s updated five-year financial forecast, scheduling projects in the recently approved $120 million bond and planning for the 2019-20 budget.
“We went through the five-year financial forecast, then began laying out some of the projects in the 2019 bond program, and also discussed citywide street improvements – those we could get done this year and those in other years of the bond,” Camareno said. “We received some good direction from council on moving forward on those.”
Council will next meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Monday in council chambers in city hall, 550 Landa Street in New Braunfels. For more, visit the city website, www.nbtexas.org.