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Weather delays final work on BMX track

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POSTED March 5, 2010 1:55 a.m.
Rain and cold weather are the final stumbling blocks for the completion of the Spreckels Recreation Park BMX track.

Assistant City Manager Karen McLaughlin Tuesday told the City Council that the Anderson BMX 209 group that is providing the volunteer labor and some of the money needed to complete the course are waiting for a break in the weather.

They cannot lay asphalt with the ground wet or unless the temperature is 55 degrees and rising.

Manteca leaders in August agreed to Anderson 209 BMX Race Team $7,500 for the first year to maintain the city’s new yet-to-open BMX track at Moffat Boulevard and Spreckels Avenue.

In exchange, Anderson 209 will also provide $1 million in additional liability to cover all non-American Bicycle Association use - essentially the general public – for the BMX course in Spreckels Recreation Park at Moffat Boulevard and Spreckels Avenue.

City staff has indicated it would cost Manteca $28,000 a year to maintain the course using municipal employees. The $7,500 compensates Anderson 209 for doing the work which in turn allows them to pay for insurance on top of the ABA coverage they already have in place.

Anderson 209 has secured a licensed contractor to oversee the remaining BMX track improvements that are still needed. Work has already started on the final phase that includes the starting gate.
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