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Town board agrees to pay 20-30 for old jail repairs

by Sharon Carter

To the hearty applause of 27 present and past members of the Carson Valley Active 20-30 Club and a handful of supporters, the Gardnerville Town Board Thursday approved the club’s request to pay for materials used in improvements to the Old Jail Building.

It was the third time the item had appeared on the board’s monthly agenda.

In February and again in March, when no one from the club showed up to tell them what the money had purchased or how work on the downtown Gardnerville building was progressing, nettled town officials had refused to pay the local lumberyard’s bill for $333.36.

Club spokesman Dan Evans addressed the board. He apologized for not being present at the earlier meetings, saying his absences were due to prior commitments and had not been meant as signs of disrespect.

“The money was (used) to address the county red tag on the (outside) staircase,” Evans said. “It was an entrance and egress issue. Your money is helpful and it’s going to the right spot.”

Evans said the money purchased supplies for rough framing, blocking of rafters and engineer-required changes to the structure. Club members then do most of the labor involved in the renovations.

Evans invited the board to attend 20-30 meetings and view the work that has been done.

Members of the venerable service club became concerned when they read reports that town officials had directed their legal counsel to review the town’s lease agreement with the club.

Dave Evans, who also addressed the town board, said the club had a deep interest in the building, which it had used as a meeting hall for more than 70 years.

The money was the second draw on a $3,500 grant an earlier board had awarded the club to assist with repairs and renovations to the old jail.

Concerned that the grant’s $1,800 balance might not be enough to finish the work, board member Tom Cook asked 20-30 Club officers to return to the board with an estimate of future renovation costs.