Oakmont’s move toward fully reopening June 15 picked up speed when the OVA Board of Directors approved the immediate reopening of all outdoor activities at its virtual meeting April 20.
This is in line with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement that California is aiming to fully reopen June 15 if there is a sufficient vaccine supply and hospitalization numbers remain low.
The outdoor activities include tennis, pickleball, lawn bowling, bocce, petanque, shuffleboard and horseshoes. Masks will continue to be required if social distancing cannot be maintained. Otherwise masks are optional. In other changes, sharing equipment is now allowed at the sports facilities and the tools used at the Community Garden can be shared.
In further signs of a return to normal, the always popular auto show is set for May 29 in the Berger parking lot and the Art Club will host an Arts and Crafts Fair on the Berger patio and under the solar panels in the parking lot June 19.
While the library and Fitness Center are already open on a limited basis, board president Tom Kendrick said to expect other facilities, including Berger Center and the East and West Recreation Centers, to open after June15. He said the library opening is going well, the locker rooms at the pools are open (while the showers remain closed), tables and chairs at various facilities have been restored and the pool hours have been extended to 7 p.m.
The board approved spending up to $40,000 to add “Ion Block” equipment to improve air filtration and adequately purify the air at Berger Center, the East and West Recreation Centers and the Central Activities Center. The proposal noted that the current equipment does not adequately remove COVID-19 virus and other small impurities from the air. The contractor is Matrix HG Building Solutions of Novato.
The equipment had already been installed prior to the reopening of the Fitness Center and library. Marilyn Pahr, chair of the Library Committee, has noted the “cleaner air” in the library.
The board approved spending up to $14,200 to replace the existing broken fence to the left of the main entrance to the West Recreation Center with 102 feet of fencing with 12 cables and a top rail. The contract is with Portillo’s Fence of Santa Rosa.
Lori Cagwin was awarded a contract not to exceed $5,000 to design landscaping and screening to block the unsightly view of the recently installed generator and nearby electrical system hardware adjacent to the parking lot in front of the Central Activities Center.