The purchase of a potential new recreation center and repairs on Upper Shakeridge Road were the focus of a busy agenda before the Amador County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, November 26.
The purchase of a new recreation center was presented to the Board of Supervisors by Amador County Recreation Agency (ACRA) head Carolyn Fregulia and ACRA Board Chair Wayne Garibaldi. ACRA proposed the purchase of the former Ironborn Fitness Building, located on Commerce Drive off of Ridge Road. The building would be used for a variety of indoor recreation activities, giving ACRA a facility it has not had since the HUB in downtown Jackson was shuttered two years ago. The building, which is estimated to cost $900,000, would also serve as the office headquarters for ACRA itself. The purchase would be funded with a combination of Proposition 68 grant money and the regional park fee collected on new construction that has been in place for the past 10 years.
Supervisors formally approved moving forward with financial due diligence on the potential purchase.
Also discussed was the state of repairs for Upper Shakeridge Road. A series of storms over the past three years have triggered landslides, road collapses and a retaining wall collapse that left a 1,000-foot stretch of the roadway impassable except in emergencies.
Repairs made in 2017 have not held up under further storm activity and will need to be repaired in turn. The county is pursuing legal claims against previous contractors on the repairs. The board discussed the possibility of realigning the road so that it is straighter and on firmer ground, but rejected the idea due to uncertainty over funding and acquiring new right-of-way from neighboring properties.
Supervisor Jeff Brown called the road repairs his “top priority” and he and other supervisors urged county staff to make repairs as fast as possible. Engineering is under way and construction repair efforts are expected to resume in the summer of 2020.