Ski-Hi update given at City Council meeting

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MONTE VISTA — At the Monte Vista City Council meeting the Friends of Ski-Hi, and Brian Cook and Mark Thompson of Alcon Construction provided an update on the new Ski-Hi building project.
“This project does embody our past, it serves our present, and then it builds our future. Which I think that we all understand that. This was definitely a collaboration project between the community and the City of Monte Vista, and it’s just amazing how this community is supporting this project,” Karla Shriver, co-chair of the Friends of Ski-Hi committee, told the council on Feb. 4.
Shriver added that earlier that day she received a call from a gentleman who wanted to contribute an additional $10,000 toward the project.
“And I want to add that it’s proof that a small town can do big things. And we’re almost there so I’m so proud of everybody that’s been a part of this,” said Kathy Wood, fellow co-chair.
They gave a PowerPoint presentation of what had been accomplished on the project so far. In July last year, the demolition of the swimming pool began. Shriver said they started demolition on the multi-use building about the time when Stampede would usually be happening. In August, they started the foundation work for the new building, adding the underground utilities, and electrical water pipelines.
They have continued to make good progress on the building. At the time of the presentation, they had completed putting on all the roof panels. The bathrooms have also started to take shape.
“Again, the community should be very proud of what we’ve accomplished,” Shriver said. “We’ve had some challenges but we’re moving forward. Sometimes it feels like we crawl yet, we’ve moved. If you think about July where we’ve come with the project, it’s pretty amazing. Again, it’s close but there’s still a lot to do and we need to thank the community and council for believing in it and letting us move forward, with this project.”
To end their presentation, they showed the council a video of the demolition of the old building last July.
“And what was amazing was there was no damage to the grandstands and really the debris in the street was very minimal,” said Shriver, sharing that Sherman Avenue was back open within 2 hours.
Later during the city council meeting, the contract with Alcon for the next part of the project was on the agenda.
During the discussion portion, Shriver shared with the council where funding is at for the $8.6 million building project.
“Roughly in committed funds, we’re a little over $8.1 million pledged,” Shriver said. “Well either in the bank or pledged. And that includes DOLA funds in that figure and the lease purchase. We are still in as Forrest mentioned a very active fundraising campaign. Not only locally but we have several grant applications out.”
They said that support for the project locally has been amazing with their last campaign raising a little over $70,000 since December. City Manager Forrest Neuerburg said that the local cash contribution is over $560,000 in total now and is climbing.
During the discussion, Councilor Martha Lock thanked those involved with the project.
“Mostly I want to thank you for recognizing our community,” Lock said. “I think that a lot of times our community as a whole may be overlooked for the contributions they do but we’ve had those ‘give a buck,’ jars that have been around. Everyone, every dollar that went into there came from our citizens. We have a fantastic community. And you have shone a light on that, and I want to thank you for that.”
Jim Clare said, “One thing I want to emphasize is when you talk about the community your talking Valley-wide. And you know we keep kind of thinking locally, but the people that have stepped up to the plate in all six counties and even some of the people out of the Valley that have stepped up to the plate, and it’s been amazing totally amazing.”
Mayor Dale Becker agreed.
“We’re talking Monte Vista all the time but this whole San Luis Valley is a community,” Becker said. “We are literally away from the rest of the world. We’re surrounded by mountains so we’re away from everybody, so it has been a blessing that this community from the north to the south, east to the west, that they’ve all stepped up and put into this program.”
Councilor Gary Johnson made the motion to approve the contract with Alcon for Ski-Hi and authorize the City Manager to execute the contract. It was seconded by Councilor Lock and passed unanimously.
“This project does embody our past, it serves our present, and then it builds our future. Which I think that we all understand that. This was definitely a collaboration project between the community and the City of Monte Vista, and it’s just amazing how this community is supporting this project,” Karla Shriver, co-chair of the Friends of Ski-Hi committee, told the council on Feb. 4.
Shriver added that earlier that day she received a call from a gentleman who wanted to contribute an additional $10,000 toward the project.
“And I want to add that it’s proof that a small town can do big things. And we’re almost there so I’m so proud of everybody that’s been a part of this,” said Kathy Wood, fellow co-chair.
They gave a PowerPoint presentation of what had been accomplished on the project so far. In July last year, the demolition of the swimming pool began. Shriver said they started demolition on the multi-use building about the time when Stampede would usually be happening. In August, they started the foundation work for the new building, adding the underground utilities, and electrical water pipelines.  
They have continued to make good progress on the building. At the time of the presentation, they had completed putting on all the roof panels. The bathrooms have also started to take shape.
“Again, the community should be very proud of what we’ve accomplished,” Shriver said. “We’ve had some challenges but we’re moving forward. Sometimes it feels like we crawl yet, we’ve moved. If you think about July where we’ve come with the project, it’s pretty amazing. Again, it’s close but there’s still a lot to do and we need to thank the community and council for believing in it and letting us move forward, with this project.”
To end their presentation, they showed the council a video of the demolition of the old building last July.
“And what was amazing was there was no damage to the grandstands and really the debris in the street was very minimal,” said Shriver, sharing that Sherman Avenue was back open within 2 hours.
Later during the city council meeting, the contract with Alcon for the next part of the project was on the agenda.
During the discussion portion, Shriver shared with the council where funding is at for the $8.6 million building project.
“Roughly in committed funds, we’re a little over $8.1 million pledged,” Shriver said. “Well either in the bank or pledged. And that includes DOLA funds in that figure and the lease purchase. We are still in as Forrest mentioned a very active fundraising campaign. Not only locally but we have several grant applications out.”
They said that support for the project locally has been amazing with their last campaign raising a little over $70,000 since December. City Manager Forrest Neuerburg said that the local cash contribution is over $560,000 in total now and is climbing.
During the discussion, Councilor Martha Lock thanked those involved with the project.
“Mostly I want to thank you for recognizing our community,” Lock said. “I think that a lot of times our community as a whole may be overlooked for the contributions they do but we’ve had those ‘give a buck,’ jars that have been around. Everyone, every dollar that went into there came from our citizens. We have a fantastic community. And you have shone a light on that, and I want to thank you for that.”
Jim Clare said, “One thing I want to emphasize is when you talk about the community your talking Valley-wide. And you know we keep kind of thinking locally, but the people that have stepped up to the plate in all six counties and even some of the people out of the Valley that have stepped up to the plate, and it’s been amazing totally amazing.”
Mayor Dale Becker agreed.
“We’re talking Monte Vista all the time but this whole San Luis Valley is a community,” Becker said. “We are literally away from the rest of the world. We’re surrounded by mountains so we’re away from everybody, so it has been a blessing that this community from the north to the south, east to the west, that they’ve all stepped up and put into this program.”
Councilor Gary Johnson made the motion to approve the contract with Alcon for Ski-Hi and authorize the City Manager to execute the contract. It was seconded by Councilor Lock and passed unanimously.

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