City trying to get electricityfor new transit/banquet facility in time for big chamber event

Construction crews are rushing to complete Taft's new transit and banquet facility so it can be ready for its first major event -- the Taft Chamber of Commerce's "Gala-Ween" Dinner & Costume Contest coming up in a month.

The potential hold-up is getting electrical service to the new building, built with $1.4 million in grant funds and $600,000 from the City.

City Manager Craig Jones said he's contacted PG&E to get the work fast-tracked but it's going to be close to get electricity and have the building ready for occupancy by Oct. 28, the date of the big Chamber of Commerce event.

"Things are going down to the wire but the outlook is positive," Jones said, despite the complications getting the building wired into the electrical grid.

The transit center is being built on the 500 block of Supply Row next to the Oilworker Monument.
The City added two grants together to pay for most of the building that will house Taft Area Transit and added money from its reserves to build the banquet facility, which includes an open area facing the monument.

On the east side of the complex is a new park and ride facility.

The transit facility was originally scheduled to be finished this month.