Anza Community Hall gives Dollar General update

Noel Donahue, left, Dan Robinson, Mike Patke, Birdie Kopp and Barbara Ann Keller listen to an update on the Dollar General store from Bill Donahue at the Anza Community Hall meeting Thursday, Sept. 24. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

The Anza Community Hall board of directors hosted an open meeting Thursday, Sept. 24, where Bill Donahue gave an update on the Dollar General store construction.

Board members Noel Donahue, Dan Robinson, Mike Patke, Birdie Kopp and Barbara Ann Keller were present.

“The property next to the Community Hall was supposed to close escrow with the developer for Dollar General in early July. As the date to close approached, they noticed that the 1 acre parcel they are buying had never been separated from the 9-acre lot it is part of,” Donahue said. “There was a scramble all summer trying to complete the process of the lot split. They thought it would be completed and set a new tentative closing date for Sept. 17. That date passed without the lot split being completed. This week the parcel maps finally went out to the owners for signatures. We were informed that it can take up to a month after those documents are signed to complete the process. We are now hoping to see that close of escrow in late October or early November.”

The developer agreed to make major upgrades to the Community Hall’s well and water system, as well as removing the existing, undersized bathroom septic system and the temporary holding tank for the kitchen drain. They will design and install a new, properly sized, combined septic system including a grease interceptor and new leach field. Once that work is completed, the Community Hall will use grant funds to complete the Americans with Disabilities Act compliant upgrades to accessible parking and entry ramps.

“We hope to see those improvements started near the end of 2020 or very early in 2021. We have a hard date to complete all the improvements by June 2021,” Donahue said.

Patke introduced bylaws changes for a vote of the board and membership, including a change in membership renewal dates, member benefits and discounts, the creation of lifetime and sustaining business memberships and the elimination of term limits.

Board members nominated each other for the available positions up for a vote. The vote proceeded, and the five directors were reelected.

There are nine available positions on the Community Hall board, but only five are filled. No one from the membership came forward to be nominated and voted on to the board.

Barbara Ann Keller was designated treasurer, Birdie Kopp as secretary, Noel Donahue as president, Dan Robinson as vice president and Mike Patke as membership director.

It was announced that the Inland Empire Community Foundation recently awarded the Anza Community Building Inc. a $7,500 grant.

To date, grants and large business donations obtained by Noel Donahue include a 2015 Community Development Block Grant of $162,246, an Anza Electric Cooperation donation of $2,000, 2017 CDBG of $70,000, 2019 CDBG of $100,000, 2020 COVID-19 CDBG of $15,000, 2020 Inland Empire Community Foundation grant of $7,500, subtotaling $356,746. The Dollar General Developer grant is $150,000.

The Anza Community Hall is available to rent for special occasions such as weddings, quinceaneras, parties and more. The Anza swap meet takes place in the Community Hall’s parking lot. In times of emergencies, such as power outages and fires, the Hall is a meeting place for people to obtain information and supplies. The Friends Uniting Neighbors Group and Fishes and Loaves ministries use the Hall to distribute free food and meals.

Community Hall Board meetings are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. The next open meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Anza Community Building Inc. can call 951-428-0901. Cash and checks are accepted.

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Diane Sieker can be reached by email at