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District wants to hire ski hill project manager

Dan McDonald
Managing Editor
9/2/2014

Construction on the new chair lift at Johnsville Historic Ski Bowl is well underway. And it’s still scheduled to open for the 2015-16 season.

But there is still a lot of work to be done.


The ski hill committee said last week it wants to hire a manager to see the project through to its completion.

“This is actually like a coordination job,” committee member Bob Hickman said.

Hickman’s comments came during the Aug. 20 Eastern Plumas Recreation District board meeting in Blairsden.

The EPRD board approved spending $8,000 for a project manager. Hickman said the district hoped to hire someone soon — ideally someone from the area.

When asked about the relatively low amount budgeted for the job, Hickman told the board there was only about three months’ worth of work left to be done.

“We have an engineer. We have a plan that’s been approved. We just need to follow that plan,” Hickman said of the need for a project manager.

The work on the hill began in earnest last fall when the first terminal of the lift was installed. Hickman said there will be eight towers in all. He said, from a construction standpoint, the job is similar to building a big fence.

“I think this is a really easy project. All things considered, really, really easy,” Hickman said.

Hickman said ground under the lifts is being cleared and that the water system was “more or less done.” He said installing the electrical system will involve digging about a mile of trench and putting conduit in the ground.

“There are a lot of loose ends and it sounds really big. But it’s not that bad,” Hickman said.

EPRD board chairman Don Fregulia said anyone interested in the project manager job should contact him or ski hill committee chairman Dan Gallagher.




Budget talk

The EPRD board also reviewed its 2014-15 budget during the meeting. The most glaring number was a projected $267,944 deficit.

The deficit directly reflects the expected $300,000 in ski hill construction costs.

Last year the district had $54,035 in revenue. More than half of the money came from fundraising events and direct donations.

The district projected more than $76,000 in revenue for this fiscal year. Fregulia told board members he is well aware the district will need to explore more funding sources to pay for the ski hill work.




Donations

In addition to several planned fundraising events, the district welcomes donations of any size, which are tax deductible.

Anyone who donates $1,000 will have his or her name placed on a ski lift chair. The district will also put a donating person’s or organization’s name on one of the chair lift towers.




New board member

John Rowden was recently appointed to the EPRD board, replacing Gallagher, who stepped down to concentrate on his ski hill committee duties.

Rowden will head the district’s strategic planning committee. He brings extensive grant-writing experience to the district.




Marketing committee

The district is looking for volunteers to help establish a marketing plan for both the EPRD and ski hill.

Volunteers are needed to help with news releases, website management, social media and other projects.

The marketing committee meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the Sierra Adventures office at 8905 Highway 89, across the highway from the White Barn. The meetings are held at 5:30 p.m.

EPRD meetings are held the same day at 6:30 p.m. at the Mohawk Resources Center.


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