|April 5, 2006||
Vol. 1 No. 7
|Building Permits in Hand
On Thursday, March 16, the septic permit was issued for the Restroom Project. Because the issuance of the septic permit was a prerequisite to obtaining the building permits, it was necessary to come back the next day for the building permits. I asked for at least the Lonicera permit and I assumed that this is all we would get, however when I arrived they had all seven building permits ready. So, we now have all eight permits, something for which we have been waiting for 5 years.
Weekend Retreat at Albion
Friday evening Ruth Wiebe put together a history of Albion and showed us the "coming out" of the Mandarin ducks they keep on the pond behind the dining room. Sabbath morning, after our devotional Gibby gave an overview of the finances for the building projects at Albion, a schedule of what we hoped to accomplish, and then answered questions. Following that, we did a little field trip around the property to observe first hand what and where the projects would occur.
The plan was to go whale watching following lunch but the ocean was so rough that this activity was abandoned and everyone did their own thing.
Saturday evening we discussed several proposed changes to the plans for Lonicera with the idea of making the cabin more efficient for groups using only the upper portion of the camp. At the end of the discussion the consensus was to stay with the current plans because the proposals were not viable. There were some questions as to how we would build certain aspects of Lonicera and the types of materials that would be used (for example, shower stalls). A consensus was reached on these issues.
On Sunday morning, we had a large crew of individuals working on Lonicera. We were able to remove the porches at both ends of the building, complete the removal of all the old bathroom in the center, dig the footings for the new additions, and pour the footing for the short block foundation in the center restroom area. This involved considerable breaking up of old concrete sidewalks. Fortunately the soil, once we got to it, was quite damp and quite easy digging!
A Special Thank You for Those Able to be Present
Others who helped us in one way or another were the Widmers, Dederers, Ron Whitney, Saulsbury's, Browns, Jerry Hetzer, Larry Provonsha, Fran Kohler, Hayes, Linannes, John Hewitt and the Wiebes. Even though our group was small, there was great enthusiasm for the projects at Albion. The real enthusiasm came on Sunday morning when we were finally able to get at the job and begin the work. It is going to take a lot of team effort to accomplish the full task of adding the restrooms.
Richard and Rochele Dederer and Ron Whitney came on Tuesday prior to the retreat and cleaned up after Jerry Hetzer and Dennis Simpson who tore out a lot of the old restroom in Lonicera the week before. Then, Gibby and Betty Muth came on Thursday to pick up the building permits and help finish filling a dumpster on Friday with cleanup on the new property. Larry Provonsha and Dan and Emilie Brown came on Friday and finished the tearing out of the old bathroom.
Plans for Building
Our goal is to complete Lonicera and Vanessa this summer. We also need to get the required additions to the septic system completed and the concrete pads for the other cabins poured. The hope is that next summer we can complete the project of restrooms.
We are estimating the cost of the restroom additions to be approximately $375,000 which includes all the sewer and other infrastructure upgrades. We have $112,000 on hand which means we will need to raise about $260,000 to complete the restroom project. I have promised John Collins that we will not do more than we have money for. The goal is to choose materials and build in such a way as to reduce future maintanence costs.
Happenings Since the Retreat
We now need volunteers to help Jerry Hetzer do the framing, rough electrical and rough plumbing. Your help will be greatly appreciated any day of the week or weekend. If you can help us with your skills (we can use anybody) please call Dave Wiebe at 707-937-5440. If you want us to notify you when your particular skill is needed, E-mail Gibby with contact information and we will keep you posted.
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You will also note that there is a web site for the building project at Albion. Follow the link below. This same information as well as previous Friends of Albion Newsletters will be available there.
You can donate to either the "restroom" project or the "land" project. The restroom project will be for the building of the restrooms and the associated infrastructure upgrade like the sewer, propane and electrical. The "land" project is for paying off the rest of the land acquisition (recent land purchase of the up-river lagoon) and the rebuilding of the boat barn.
So, when you send your gift, mark it RESTROOM or LAND. This will get it to the correct fund.
Betty Muth and Larry Provonsha
John Collins and Ron Whitney
Pat and Ruth Linanne and Myron and Karen Widmer
Floyd Hayes and Pam Sadler
Denny Simpson and East End of Lonicera
John Hewitt and Jerry Hetzer
David Wiebe Pouring Footing for Foundation
Farrel Brizendine and East End of Lonicera with Foundation
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