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Post by SunFan on Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:08 am

Hey, 37,000 pesos raised voluntarily. A private/public partnership initiated. No corruption and work actually being done!

Too bad you can't run for Pesidente.

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Post by CanuckBob on Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:18 am

Nah....some people wouldn't like my "extreme prejudice" approach to dealing with the bad guys.

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Post by CanuckBob on Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:01 pm

Here is a picture of a nearly completed bench. We still need to install the center piece of wood which prevents the skaters from using them to do tricks.

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Post by Carry Bean on Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:13 pm

Looks nice, not my favorite color pink but nice.

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Post by SunFan on Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:35 pm

Carry Bean wrote:Looks nice, not my favorite color pink but nice.

Hey that's Bob Howe Mahogany.

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Post by Lucky 8 on Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:16 pm

Another 1000 pesos from us.

We don't live there but do stay in our house in San Antonio a few weeks a year.

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Post by Rosa Venus on Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:23 am

Nice renovation! Kudos!
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Post by Problem Child on Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:24 am

CanuckBob wrote:Nah....some people wouldn't like my "extreme prejudice" approach to dealing with the bad guys.

I am going to send you a PM or Email. I did this before, and they didn't seem to get to you

Please let me know.

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Post by gringal on Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:50 am

Congrats on the good looking "mahogany" benches. What an improvement !
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Post by CanuckBob on Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:53 am

Thanks however we are not finished yet. I have been chasing them to get it completed. There is still a bit of metalwork to do, a few more missing slats and the installation of the cross pieces to prevent the skateboarder's from wrecking them. What should have been weeks is taking months...….Viva Mexico.

The good news is we are under budget and hope to have enough left over to fix a bridge or two.

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Post by gringal on Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:11 am

I haven't been up to walking on the Malecon for longer than I want to think about, but today I finally got out to see the lake and the benches. Big improvement, but why are they already warping? Nature of the wood or possibly vandalism?

Sight of the day...the deep pool in one of the skateboard dips "kind of" cordoned off except for the entry to it. Hmmm? Made me wonder why there were no drains installed when the park was built. Was that because it never rains in Ajijic?
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Post by CanuckBob on Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:21 am

The benches haven't been finished yet. The metal guy still has to bend back those bars that were bent from the skaters. They also have to install the remaining wooden slats on the repaired benches, the center pieces (which prevents the skaters from doing it again) and then the final varnish coat. What should take days has been taking weeks (months). I haven't seen any progress in 4 weeks. Harry has been pushing Hector almost daily to get this finished.

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Post by gringal on Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:29 am

Thanks, Bob. That explains it. As they used to say back in Santa Cruz,CA about slow moving projects: "slower than a banana slug crawling up a redwood tree."
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Post by CanuckBob on Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:22 pm

OK, we are back on track and they are making good progress once again. Here is what a completed bench looks like complete with the "anti skateboarder" cross pieces.


So far we have spend approximately $25,000 pesos so we should have enough left over to put towards at least one bridge.


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Post by Irish Gal on Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:57 pm

What a huge improvement! Thank you, CBob, for all your efforts in this project!

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Post by Traveller on Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:30 pm

gringal wrote:
Sight of the day...the deep pool in one of the skateboard dips "kind of" cordoned off except for the entry to it.  Hmmm?  Made me wonder why there were no drains installed when the park was built.  Was that because it never rains in Ajijic?
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There is a drain which feeds into the lake through a pipe. If there hadn't been a drain, you would have seen water pooling there during every rainy season.

Problem - the lake level has risen to the point where instead of the drain feeding into the lake, the lake now feeds into the drain. This isn't going to change any time soon if the recent thread about future water levels is accurate. The skating bowl is now a permanent garbage-collecting, mosquito-breeding pond. If the municipality wants a usable skate bowl, it could be pumped out every time it rains along with plugging the now useless drain to prevent backflow.

Suggestion - turn it into a fish pond? Very Happy
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Post by ferret on Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:59 pm

Fish pond stocked with guppies would take care of the mosquito problem.
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Post by lunateak on Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:18 pm

Fish eating birds would make that difficult.
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Post by CanuckBob on Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:50 pm

Irish Gal wrote:What a huge improvement!   Thank you, CBob, for all your efforts in this project!  

While I am the one who collected and disburse the monies, Harry Bublin and Hector Espana have been doing a lot of the leg work and cracking the whip. Be sure to thank them if you see them too.

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Post by SunFan on Sun Feb 24, 2019 3:56 pm

I guess the mayor will schedule a unveiling event for the benches in the near future. The project must have been his idea right?

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Post by CanuckBob on Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:30 pm

Actually the Guadalajara Reporter wants to do an article. I have invited the Mayor because he did supply the labor and Hector is going to ask him to pay for the remainder of the bridge work since the community paid for the benches.

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Post by oncesubtle on Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:10 pm

I do hope your original idea, leadership and funding of Inside lakeside's members is not lost on the reporter, eh?
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Post by Rosa Venus on Sun Feb 24, 2019 11:23 pm

Congratulations and Thanks!
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Post by Trailrunner on Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:18 am

Good job, Bob, the bench is very attractive. Nice that everyone came together on this project. Well done, all.
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Post by Irish Gal on Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:15 pm

CanuckBob wrote:
Irish Gal wrote:What a huge improvement!   Thank you, CBob, for all your efforts in this project!  

While I am the one who collected and disburse the monies, Harry Bublin and Hector Espana have been doing a lot of the leg work and cracking the whip. Be sure to thank them if you see them too.

I will do that, CBob! All three of you deserve huge kudos.

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Post by CanuckBob on Sun Mar 03, 2019 9:25 am

The bench project is finished. They turned out better than expected. We have a surplus of $13,000 pesos that we will apply towards renovating the bridges. The Mayor indicated he may supply some additional funds for any shortfall. We are putting together an estimate to present to him shortly. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this project

http://theguadalajarareporter.net/index.php/news/news/lake-chapala/53185-residents-pitch-in-to-fix-up-malecon-benches

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