‘Fix the roof, remove the rot and mold, allow the Vets and the community to meet’: Letter Writer Urges County to Reopen Garberville Vet’s Hall
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To whom it may concern: As a long time Green Builder and California Licensed Contractor who has lived and worked both in So Hum and Northern Humboldt for over 40 years, I wish to add my concerns that the Haynes Vet’s Hall is still closed. The County has been remiss in its property ownership duties to either repair the roof and the resulting mold damage; nor has the County allowed local volunteers to repair the mold which was caused by negligent maintenance of the County.
The Haynes Veterans Building was: BUILT BY THE VETS,
GIVEN TO THE COUNTY BY THE VETS,
THERE AFTER, IMPROVED BY THE VETS.
HONOR THOSE VETS AND
GIVE IT BACK TO THEM
If the Garden Club of Eureka can voluntarily plant flowers on County property and if Citizen Volunteers can work in Federal and State Parks with liability waivers, the County can find some legal end run to allow willing, eager and able Veterans and community volunteers to repair the damage to their building caused by the County’s inept, inadequate and delayed maintenance.
Fix the roof, remove the rot and mold, allow the Vets and the community to meet. Don’t tear it down.
We certainly want to provide safe entrance and fixtures for the disabled, be they Vets or not. Timelines to accomplish these ADA standards may need to be stretched much as the timelines of other ADA upgrades at many other County Buildings have been stretched.
In a time of low budgets for all County projects, returning the Vets Building back to the Garberville Vets as owners saves the County the most of all options.
Honor the Vets, return the Hall to the Vets, show bold leadership, be creative and rally the local community.
I offer my services as consultant and/or advisory committee member.
Chip Tittmann, Owner
Arco Iris Woodworking, Design and Consulting
Miranda, California 95553