April 1 Target to Partially Re-Open East Rec

Al Haggerty

Despite 10 days of heavy rainfall and city permitting problems, OVA is hoping to open the second floor and the parking lot of the remodeled East Recreation Center the first week of April. The pool and first floor will open later.

Iris Harrell, chair of the Building Construction Committee, updated the project at the Feb. 19 meeting of the Oakmont Village Association Board of Directors. She said Nordby Construction is working some Saturdays and some overtime to make up for delays brought on by the weather.

“We intend to be able to use the building the first week of April,” Harrell said in her East Rec

Steel framing for the deck is complete, waiting for the next steps. (Photo by Iris Harrell)

update. “With fingers crossed for good luck, no rain dances and a functioning building department, that is achievable.”

Anita Roraus, events and scheduling coordinator for Oakmont’s many activities, told the Oakmont News that she is putting off moving activities back to East Rec until the opening date is confirmed. She called the process “an easy transition” which can be done quickly.

Harrell said she is asking the city for a certificate of temporary occupancy for the upstairs and the parking lot. She said the permitting problems involve upgrading the water line needed to feed the new sprinkler system in the center. She said a previously issued permit was rescinded over the question of having a shutoff on the new line. It will have a shutoff.

The weather delayed pouring the concrete for the pool deck, Harrell said. She said the swimming pool will be the last thing opened because it has to run using the new salt water equipment for three weeks before people are allowed to use it.

Tom Kendrick, board vice president, lauded the East Rec construction workers, saying they are “really dedicated” to getting the work done.


            Describing volunteers as “the lifeblood of the community”, the board approved a resolution to hold an annual luncheon for all past and current Volunteer of the Year and Community Service Award winners.

“Volunteers provide many valuable services for Oakmont,” according to the board. “They share their time and special talents and are a truly great asset to the community. The annual luncheon will provide a regular reminder of our gratitude for their service.” The cost of the luncheon was put at less than $1,000.

The board scheduled a number of workshops, beginning with a March workshop to train the board on implementing the newly adopted Oakmont Project Oversight Process. The new process is aimed at avoiding missteps and saving time and money on major projects. It includes a five-step analysis of each project from beginning to end. It’s scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 at Berger.

A workshop will be held May 7 at 1 p.m. at Berger to hear the findings of the Long-Range Planning Committee, which has gathered data including input from residents, Oakmont realtors, Oakmont clubs and similar active adult communities.

A third workshop, set for 1 p. m. June 4 at Berger, will explore Homeowners Insurance: Roadmap to Preparedness. It will be presented by United Policyholders, a non-profit organization formed in the wake of the 1991 Oakland Hills fires. All workshops are open to the public.

(Watch a video of the meeting at www.oakmontvillage.com/videos)