Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians Celebrates Open House of Renovated Jackson Valley Fire Station October 23rd

$1 million firehouse renovation funded by the Tribe in addition to the multi-million dollar annual payments earmarked for Amador County public services

Oct 21, 2010, 17:10 ET from Buena Vista Rancheria

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians today announced the Open House celebration on Saturday, October 23, 2010, of the newly renovated Jackson Valley Fire Station #171, located at 2701 Quiver Drive, Lake Camanche Village, Ione, CA, from 2pm5pm.  The ceremonial presentation begins at 3pm.

Funding of more than $1 million was provided by the Buena Vista Tribe for the much-needed renovation project. These funds are in addition to the nearly $8 million in annual financial contributions that the Tribe has allocated to the region. Project management was provided by Wilmorite Construction, LLC, of Sacramento, with technical assistance contributed by CAL FIRE. Construction and design services were supplied by: Broward Builders of Woodland; CJS Buildings, Pine Grove; Keith & Associates, Jackson; and Stark Construction of Jackson.  

Hugh "Jake" Herfel, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Jackson Valley Fire Protection District, stated, "The upgrades and renovations we've been able to implement were urgently needed.  These improvements will definitely help us better protect our residents in this rural community. With government budgets stretched so thin, funding from the Buena Vista Tribe was crucial; without it, we couldn't have gotten it done."

This project represents the first of many public safety, fire protection and other services for Amador County residents to be funded by the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians as part of the Intergovernmental Services Agreement (ISA) between the Tribe and Amador County government. The agreement stems from the Tribe's Compact with the State of California.

"The Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians is contributing significantly to the safety and welfare of the residents of Amador County," said Tribal Chairwoman, Rhonda Pope. "With tribal commitments totaling more than $10 million in one-time mitigation funding and close to $8 million in annual funding for public services, our new casino represents a tremendous economic boon to our region."

The Tribal gaming facility will service Sacramento, Modesto and Stockton. In the planning stages, it will allow the Buena Vista Tribe to provide hundreds of construction and casino jobs, fund numerous public service projects for neighboring communities, and further develop essential infrastructure for the Tribe.

The Buena Vista Rancheria is located on 67.5 acres of Tribal land near Ione, Calif., within the boundaries of the Tribe's original reservation. The Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians have lived on the tribal lands since at least 1817.  For more information:  www.buenavistatribe.com


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