Current rental house will have to be moved for project
By Jamie Henneman/The Independent Staff
The Chewelah School District is considering options to expand the parking at Snyder Field as part of the current track project to help accommodate buses and other vehicle parking for future sporting events. The presence of heavy equipment already on the site for the track resurfacing project in the spring would make expanding the current limited parking more doable, according to district officials. However, a rental home on the property would need to be moved or demolished, a decision that is upsetting some locals.
The district currently owns a rental home on the section of property that includes Snyder Field that was purchased roughly 15 years ago. With no immediate plans to improve the property at that time, the district chose to rent out the home. However, with the funds approved for the new track last year, the property is now in a position to be developed.
District staff said the Chewelah School Board will discuss what to do with the home at the upcoming school board meeting on Dec. 21. Options include categorizing the boards as surplus and putting it out for bid to be purchased and removed from the site.
While the current tenants of the home have been notified of the change and given until February to move out, some members of the community are upset at the district’s decision.
“I think it is outrageous that they are going to evict the current renters who live on a fixed income in order to the current renters who live on a fixed income in order to put it a parking lot,” said Chewelah resident Steve Blue who knows the current tenants and submitted a Letter to the Editor on the topic to the Independent.
District staff was not certain what the total cost of the parking lot addition would be or how many parking spaces could potentially be added. The item will be addressed at the school board meeting on Dec. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the district office.