In May, 2014 the remodeling of the Calle was completed. View a photo gallery from the June 11, 2014 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Below is a message from the former Ashland Parks & Recreation Director, Don Robertson:
"Whew, it's done! The new and improved Calle is completed!
I want to take a moment and thank several folks and departments. My first tip of the hat goes to Rachel Dials, well played young lady, thanks for your hard work on this project! Secondly I would really like to thank the folks in Planning, Engineering, Water, Electric, AFN: all played a huge role in making this a success. I would also like to make a shout out to the folks at Avista for playing along and the fine people of OBEC who were invaluable to this project along with our contractor friends at Kogap. I also want to thank the property owners business owners and Artisans who were incredibly patient with us and put up with the colossal mess and disruption that this project caused.
If you have read or seen the reports you will know we talk about beginning the planning for this 3 years ago and the construction last December, but I would be remiss in not sharing the way back story that started this project long before that.
About 9 years ago the commission began its budget process with a review of every service provided and every fee charged. This was done because the last time it happened was about 10 years prior and fees were badly out of date. When they got to the Calle, staff recommended drastic changes in how we do business and completely restructured the fee schedule and assessment method. The Commission stepped up and instituted the changes with the understanding that any money's collected with the new methodology would go into a savings account for future Calle improvements. There was a huge push back by the restaurants and artisans at the time, but the commission held its ground.
Staff worked with the finance department, especially Cindy Hanks and the accounting division who set up a separate revenue line item to account for the Calle funds earned. Every year since then Cindy and her crew worked with us to manage those funds making sure the right amounts went into that account. As the years went by and the commission adjusted the rates, they continually reminded the restaurants and artisans that they were saving for the one day when they could do the improvements. The restaurants were never happy about it (until today), but they always accepted it knowing they had the word of the commission that the improvements would one day happen.
The Commissioners who started it 9 years ago were: Commissioner Eggers, Gardiner, Lewis, Amarotico, and Rosenthal. Thank you for your foresight and saving funds for this project!
Lastly I want to thank the current Commission: Commissioners Seffinger, Landt, Gardiner, Lewis and Shaw for keeping the word of the previous commissions and adding funds to the CIP. It's been a tough couple of years, but your support of staff has never wavered on this or any other project. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."
View the 2013 Archeological Report of the Calle