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BMX insurance snag

Track almost ready as city assumes liability

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POSTED April 2, 2010 3:04 a.m.
The long-awaited Manteca BMX track at Spreckels Recreation Park has hit another snag - general liability insurance.

Back in September the Manteca City Council inked a deal with the Anderson 209 BMX racing team organization for the use and maintenance of the park including having it available for public use when it wasn’t being used for American Bicycle Association (ABA) events.

Part of that agreement was to make sure that Anderson 209 had ABA insurance in place that covered the track for any incidents that might occur during an ABA sanctioned event as well as maintenance time needed prior and after the event. They also wanted to shift liability for the other days not covered to Anderson 209.

In order to do that, they agreed to give Anderson 209 $7,500 to help defray the cost of insurance as well as to help cover operational costs. The city was supposed to have been provided with a general liability policy with $1 million in coverage.

Anderson 209 had secured an insurance quote that was good through December 2009. The company no longer makes it available. Efforts to secure general liability insurance elsewhere were unsuccessful.

Since the track is nearly complete, the City Council will be asked Tuesday when they meet at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St., to have the city assume general liability.

The starting gate area has been asphalted in the past few weeks thanks to warmer temperatures. Fencing also has been put in place leaving just several small items such as extending electricity to the starting gate to complete.
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