CARD staff to appropriate an additional $75,000 to fix rotten Cal Park Lakeside Pavilion roof

1 Feb

Chico Area Recreation District posted a cancellation notice of their January board meeting on their website:

The January 19, 2017 Regular Board Meeting has been cancelled.

The next Regular Board Meeting will be on February 16, 2017. 

But they didn’t mention a “special” board meeting scheduled for 3:30 this afternoon. They probably didn’t want us to know they’ve gone way over budget on the mammoth repair job they call “Lakeside Pavilion.”

They’re on the hook for over a million dollars for that building, which was riddled with rot and non-compliant with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act when they bought it. When I attended board meetings there, I found it a challenge to make it across the parking lot and into the building without tripping over buckled asphalt and cement. They said it would pay for itself with regular bookings for weddings, but that just didn’t happen. CARD director Ann Willmann told me they rented it to “Every Body Healthy Body” at a discount because they didn’t have any other bookings at the time. 

So, I will try to make it to their special meeting to find out why the roof repair has gone $75,000 over budget. Hope you can join us – that’s TODAY, at the CARD center on Vallombrosa Avenue, 3:30 pm.

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