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dental, adaptive recreation, senior transport floated for closure

Abilene City Manager Robert Hanna presented recommendations for the permanent closure of the city’s adaptive recreation program, its dental program and a senior transportation program at Thursday’s Abilene City Council meeting.

He also recommended the city stop providing funds to the United Way’s 2-1-1 A Call for Help, impose new fees to generate extra revenue, and leave certain positions unfilled.

Those changes are in response to budgetary shortfalls caused by loss of sales tax revenue once generated from taxing Internet access and from COVID-19.

Hanna told the council in a memorandum that the city’s Department of Finance and Accounting estimates a reduction in sales tax allocation payments for fiscal year 2021 of $2 million.

That revenue loss is likely permanent. 

Sales tax accounts for about a third of the city’s general fund.

“All of these services provide essential services for the people that are using them,” Hanna said, who said he did not “make these recommendations lightly.”

But Given expected loss of revenue, “I have to cut something, I have to cut somewhere,” he said.

More: Abilene city manager to pitch $3.13 million in budget cuts, reallocation to council Thursday

More: Hendrick, community leaders to public: ‘Abilene is at critical juncture’ with COVID-19

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The proposed cuts could allow the city to reduce expenditures by $1.46 million, through a combination of trimming programs and services — and also through leaving certain positions currently open unfilled.

Certain programs could be absorbed by existing services, such the transportation program, which serves 24 riders a day and makes about five trips a week for physician appointments.

The city already provides a public transportation system and offers on-demand ridership programs for medical appointments through CityLink, Hanna said.

Other programs, such as adaptive recreation and senior recreation, have been closed during COVID-19, Hanna said.

Hanna said that he wanted take employees from program areas that may be cut and try to place them in other open positions.

Open positions that would not be refilled would come from a variety of areas throughout the city. 

a man wearing a suit and tie: Re-elected Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams wore a face mask Tuesday at the Taylor County Plaza, once even while addressing the media. Nov 3 2020

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Re-elected Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams wore a face mask Tuesday at the Taylor County Plaza, once even while addressing the media. Nov 3 2020

New funding, reallocation

In addition to those measures, Hanna recommended the city change the use of some existing revenue and create additional funding.

Those proposals could add $1.68 million to the general fund, with the collective measures generating around $3.14 million.

New revenue would include charging $2.50 for senior meals that have previously been free, generating a net $185,920 after the loss of other donations, he said. 

He pitched a $20 charge per player, per season field use charge for recreation programs, something the city has “avoided” for some time, he wrote in his memo.

That charge would generate $119,000 in revenue.

He proposed the city take $598,000 from one cent of property tax normally earmarked for maintenance at the Abilene Convention Center to offset loss of program revenue from canceled

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Incoming storm prompts closure at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

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The storm arriving Tuesday in the Northstate has prompted the closure of part of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.

Park officials said with the potential for substantial rain starting Tuesday, as a safety precaution, the south side of the park will be closed through Wednesday. The closure includes Kennedy Memorial Drive at the Clair A. Hill Whiskeytown Dam, Brandy Creek Marina, and Crystal Creek Road. Park officials said in the post-Carr Fire landscape, environmental hazards increase during storms. The southern areas of the park, specifically the steep drainages on Shasta Bally, are susceptible to debris flows carrying rock, soil, mud, and water.

The National Weather Service also issued a Flash Flood Watch for areas burned in the North Complex fire in Butte County. That flash flood watch takes effect at 10 a.m. Tuesday through 4 a.m. Wednesday.

A post by the National Weather Service on Facebook said “Moderate to heavy rainfall could cause ash flows on newly burned areas, especially over the North Complex burn scar. It is important to not drive over areas where ash or debris is flowing, and stay connected to local alerts for updated information.”

Safety tips for burn scars and areas nearby:

  • Do not drive over areas where ash or debris is flowing
  • Stay connected to local alerts
  • Turn around, don’t drown

Snow is expected at elevations 6,000 feet and higher.

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The Karol Hotel to reopen after pandemic closure

FEATHER SOUND — Shuttered shortly after its grand opening because of the pandemic, the Karol Hotel is opening once again.

The 123-room boutique hotel opened in February, just a month before the pandemic nearly halted the region’s tourism altogether. At that time, the Karol decided to close. It will reopen to guests Nov. 11.

“Our team has been working tirelessly to put new health measures in place, and we’re thrilled for guests to come and safely experience this magnificent new hotel,” Adam Duffey, the hotel’s general manager, said in a statement.

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The Karol, located at 2675 Ulmerton Road, is part of the Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio. Developer Fred Bullard named the hotel for his wife, Karol Bullard. The hotel has special reopening room rates beginning at $114 per night.

As part of the reopening, the hotel is running a one-month room rate special that includes a $25 credit to the hotel’s food and beverages. That includes its Vantage Rooftop Bar, which was still under construction when the hotel opened in February.

Guests and locals can see the Tampa skyline from the bar and enjoy menu items like charcuterie boards, pimento cheese and shucked oysters.

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Like other hotels, the Karol expects a stream of staycationers to enjoy a pandemic getaway in their own backyard.

For the past few months, the Tampa Bay hotels have averaged around 50 percent occupancy rates.

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NAB Starts Investigating PIA’s Roosevelt Hotel Closure in New York

National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has formally initiated the probe to ascertain the reasons behind the closure of Roosevelt Hotel, the PIA owned iconic hotel in midtown Manhattan, New York.

The Roosevelt Hotel had closed its doors permanently on 31 October due to volatile economic conditions and a drop in business activities after the Coronavirus pandemic.


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According to details, NAB Rawalpindi has directed concerned institutions, including PIA, to furnish relevant records to facilitate the investigation process.

Last month, Chairman NAB, Justice (r) Javed Iqbal had taken notice of the closure of the offshore asset of the national flag carrier.


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Federal Minister for Aviation, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, also refuted reports which suggested PIA had decided to sell the Roosevelt Hotel at a lower price.

PIA had acquired the 19-story building through a partnership in 1979. The national carrier became its sole shareholder in 1999. The Roosevelt Hotel had been a profitable entity until 2018. Its finances began to drop in 2019 and the situation was exacerbated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing the management to announce its closure last month.

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Details of closure of downtown Jackson hotel remain elusive | MS Business Journal

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The Jackson Downtown Convention Center Hotel in Jackson has this sign on its entry.

The Jackson Downtown Convention Center Hotel on Amite Street at West Street has been closed for nearly two weeks, and efforts to delve into the details have not been successful.

As of about Oct. 15, the entry to the hotel on Amite Street at the intersection with West Street had a sign that said “Closed due to Covid-19.”

The owner and operator of the hotel is Full Service Hospitality LLC, whose parent is Sky Capital Group of San Antonio, Texas.

The Mississippi Department of Health said this week that there is no record of an outbreak of coronavirus at the hotel.

Continuing efforts to reach management have not been successful, nor have attempts to book rooms online at the hotel well into the future.

The hotel is a Marriott International franchise operation.

Marriott International spokeswoman Lucy Slosser said in an email that she was forwarding questions from the Mississippi Business Journal about the hotel to the franchise holders.

Calls and emails to the Downtown Jackson Partners, a business improvement district, have not been answered.

Full Service was incorporated on May 9, 2019, according to the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office.

Al Rajabi is listed as registered agent and manager for Full Service, the agency states.

Rajabi is chief executive of Sky Capital, which bought the historical Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa in Hot Springs, Ark., in 2017.

Inspections by the city of Hot Springs determined that there were structural problems at the hotel that posed safety hazards. However, the city later determined that the problems were not a hazard.

A recent AARP website said: “It’s worn around the edges in a few spots, but given its age that’s to be expected and respected.” 

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Where are they now? A look back at the closure of a northeast Lincoln hotel | Local

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Selina Nix (left) packs her room at the Oasis Inn and Suites as Frank Zortman, a friend who previously lived at the hotel, stands in the doorway. Nix was packing on Aug. 31, the last day residents could be at the hotel, which the city ordered closed for health and safety violations.

For seven weeks after the city shut down the hotel they called home, Vurla and Gary Holland bounced between the Red Roof Inn and the People’s City Mission.

The retirees who live off their Social Security income had called the Oasis Inn and Suites, 5250 Cornhusker Highway, home for about a year when news came in June that the city was fed up with the hotel’s cyclical disrepair and nuisance conditions.

Bug infestations, scattered pet feces, inoperable fire alarms, water leaks, heating issues, doors that wouldn’t latch and a disproportionate number of police calls were among the issues the city would no longer tolerate.  

At a hearing June 29, city officials made the rare decision to revoke the 114-unit hotel’s operating permit and ordered it shut down on Aug. 31. City officials also pledged they had a response team to help the soon-to-be-displaced Oasis residents find new housing. 

“We’ve been looking ever since we got the news,” Vurla Holland, 66, said in mid-September.

CenterPointe staff worked with the Hollands as part of the Lincoln Homeless Coalition’s response to the shutdown. 

Like many of the close to 100 residents who were displaced this summer, the Hollands originally found refuge in the hotel when they were kicked out of their apartment.

Criminal histories, past evictions and poor or non-existent financial credit landed and kept many residents at Oasis long term.

Though the city’s closure of the hotel was largely orderly, many former residents, such as the Hollands, found themselves on meandering paths to a place of their own.

Twenty-seven residents stayed until the last day, Aug. 31, Oasis owner Paul Holt said.

One man, whose habit of hoarding had him blacklisted elsewhere, remained until the final walk-through that evening.

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Robin Williams, a resident at the Oasis Inn and Suites who other residents affectionately called Mom, shares a moment with her cat Cupcake.

“He just didn’t want to go anywhere else,” Holt said.

Hotel staff got him a ride to the People’s City Mission.

Holt, whose family lives in St. Louis, has spent much of his time working on the hotel in the weeks since.

He bought the hotel, which was once the Holiday Inn Northeast, in 2013 and inherited a host of mechanical and cultural problems, but he’d sought to make repairs.

His attempts to raise rates to price out some problematic renters failed to stick when he faced steep bills to repair, maintain and address problems with the building and finance its operations, he said.

Each time he sought to address a problem the city identified, a new problem arose, he said.

City officials have said

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COVID prompts temporary Aspen Recreation Center closure | News

The Aspen Recreation Center and Aspen Youth Center are closed for a deep clean after an ARC visitor tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 14, the city of Aspen announced Thursday. The closure extends at least through the weekend.

“Over the next several days, the ARC and Aspen Youth Center will undergo an extensive and deep clean following all COVID-19 protocols. The immediate closure will result in the first weekend of Fall Face-Off to be canceled,” it was noted in a statement.

It’s hoped the facility can reopen by Monday for fall break if feasible.

“The county’s disease investigation team has identified over 70 potential contacts and this closure will help minimize further spread until the contact tracing team can finish their investigations to understand the breadth of the potential outbreak at the facility and in our community. The contact tracing team is continuing its investigation with potential contacts and is working closely with the city of Aspen staff to determine the next steps,” according to the statement.

The ARC opened Oct. 5 to the public with a reservations system and limited capacity for community teams, the statement noted. It continued: “The ARC was following Pitkin County Public Health protocols and limiting group sizes in any area of the ARC to 50 people. Every hour the ARC staff actively cleans the entire facility between reservations.”

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