Seismic Retrofit Grant

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, February 8 2012 at 2:47 PM, Updated: Wed, February 8 2012 at 2:56 PM

Oregon's largest seismic retrofit grant of 2011 is headed to Mills Elementary School in Klamath Falls.

Principal Mike Herron says the one and a half million dollar grant will help to beef up the school's auditorium to help withstand an earthquake.

"This was an opportunity to utilize a seismic retrofit to make the building safer, a place that would be a rally point if we ever had some type of catastrophic event."

Mills School will host an open house from 6:pm to 7:pm Thursday to show off the project.  Herron notes they'll also be kicking off a 'seat sponsorship' fundraiser.

"We're asking people if they can help us with 25 dollars per seat, to help re-cover the seats."

Herron says that construction will get underway in March.

"The goal would be that we are ready to have a celebration sometime in September, celebrating completion of the project."

The 800 seat auditorium was built in the late 1940's.


About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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