Mt. Ashland Expansion Projects $148,000 Over Budget.
The Mt. Ashland Association is looking to raise an additional $148,000 after the summer improvement projects ran significantly over budget.
The association originally planned to raise $250,000 to widen the runs, improve the beginnerís hill and expand the parking lot. The community donated $286,098 for the improvements.
The largest cost overrun came from adding 101 new spaces to the parking lot. More dirt and rock had to be excavated than expected ballooning expenses $100,000 over budget.
An appeal to the Land Use Board of Appeals filed by an Ashland activist, who was concerned that moving dirt for the parking lot and re-contouring the beginnerís hill would cause sedimentation in the Ashland Creek added about $10,000 in costs.
The work to widen the ski runs was done exactly on budget, however the Association received about $30,000 less than expected from the sale of the downed trees.
The ski area is not yet open with only a base of nine inches of snow on the mountain.
The Ashland City Council will hear an update on the ski areaís expansion project Tuesday night at their regular meeting.