New and Good Results in the Black Chair Arena
Two weeks ago I told you how bad the situation was, then last week I said were making progress. Thursday we drove up to Montpelier and presented progress that has been made on both the rub rail and the developed action list targeting the remaining issues. The final part of presentation addressed the next steps. I said Magic would (1) complete the ‘action list’; (2) continue the daily and biweekly inspections that were done last year. I went on to recommend that (3) the Tramway Board revoke their January order and (4) revert to the mode where their lift inspector in in control over when the lift is ready to operate. Our lift Inspector agreed, on condition that our Professional Engineer inspects and approves of the work that completes the Action List. Given those conditions the Vermont
Tramway Board of Directors voted to revoke the Jan 17th order. That for us is a big deal. We were in the situation where we could do all the work and still not have a Black Lift. Today’s vote means that if we do the work the lift will be approved for future usage. There was limited talk about replacing the Black Lift; we want to do that if it can be made affordable, but no commitments were made. I know we can do the required work by the end of January, and possible two weeks earlier if we can just fund the required staff to do the work. That effort is being currently addressed.
Our Operations Manager, Travis Richmond, and Professional Engineer, Ross Stevens, both attended the board meeting and directly answered questions when they were asked. Their assistance made this vote happen as they could and did answer every question raised. We all owe them a thank you.