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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.
Posted on 12/16/13 9:44AM by Chuck Benson