FAIRFIELD — After months of deliberation, the federal Bureau of Reclamation could soon announce if Pensus Group will continue redeveloping and running six Lake Berryessa resorts.
The bureau has scheduled three meetings to report on the situation. Mid-Pacific Regional Director Donald Glaser will explain the basis for his upcoming decision, introduce the bureau’s Lake Berryessa staff and answer questions, an agency press release said.
“Reclamation understands the importance of this pending decision to local residents and businesses and to those who recreate at Lake Berryessa,” the press release said. “Mr. Glaser will also discuss plans for recreation services at Lake Berryessa during the 2013 season, over the next five years and in the long term.”
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The Bureau of Reclamation is amid a multiple-year effort to renovate the seven resorts on public land on the shores of Lake Berryessa in Napa County. It chose Arizona-based Pensus Group in 2010 to run six of the resorts. But this spring, the bureau sent a letter to Pensus proposing to terminate the contract.
“The contract has been in place for a couple of years now,” Bureau of Reclamation spokesman Pete Lucero said in April. “The contractually agreed to schedule has not been met. We have been working with them to get them to meet those schedules. They’re not being as responsive as we would like them to be.”
Pensus in October released a statement saying the two parties could not reach an agreement after negotiations, but that it wanted to stay at Lake Berryessa.
“Pensus continues to firmly believe that the termination of its contract is in no one’s interest – not Pensus’, not Reclamation’s and certainly not the public’s,” the statement said.
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