Senior Center building construction facing delays

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City Manager Kathleen Salguero Trepa laid out the complications in the process of construction of the Winters Senior Center at the Winters Senior Commission on Aging’s meeting on Nov. 10.

Since the project is now solely public, it faces new legal requirements, said Trepa.  Now, the city has to pay  for the architectural plans made prior to the project’s split from the Blue Mountain Terrace development. 

In addition, delays added further complications.“We now need to go through the plans to make sure they’re meeting building codes because the plans are now outdated,” said Trepa.

“In my opinion, (that) reduces the value of work that was done five years ago,” said Trepa. 

The delays aren’t entirely negative, though. “The delay may inadvertently result in cost stabilizing as we move out in the pandemic,” said Trepa.

Marlene Bell, a member of the Winter Senior Center Equipment Fund committee, said that the delay allows more time for fundraising.

“The delay in the development of the plans of actually a silver lining for us. Because we really want to have the bulk of our funds collected before [breaking ground],” said Bell.

The City Council will also approve fundraising materials on Nov 16. 

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The commission also discussed the county redistricting. Bell said she has attended meetings to give feedback. 

The annual Winters Senior Foundation Santa Bag program is also in swing. The plan is to distribute bags  in the second week of December. The WSF will share more information with the community as it becomes available.

“The Winters Senior resource guide, is ready to be printed in both English and Spanish looking,” said Chair Glenn Ripley, “and that’s something that can be included in the bags.”

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