The city of Bozeman won’t get any insurance dollars to repair the iconic Bogert Pavilion, which collapsed this winter because of rotten wood.

Assistant City Manager Anna Rosenberry said an investigation found the pavilion’s partial cave-in happened because one of its beams had rotted.

She said the pavilion was insured through the city’s policy with Montana Municipal Interlocal Authority, but the incident falls into an exclusion for coverage.

“We’ve gone back and forth with them asking for a very specific determination and pleading our case, but at this point, it seems clear that we’ve gone as far as we can go,” Rosenberry said.

Bozeman staff said Friday they didn’t know the last time the pavilion was evaluated. The city doesn’t have a central system in place yet to regularly check on and maintain its facilities. It has historically left that work up to individual departments.

Jon Henderson, strategic services director, said city staff are focused on ways to repair the pavilion. Rebuilding may not be an option because of the town’s development rules and how close the building is to a creek.

“There’s not a desire to turn it back to turf at this point,” Henderson said. “We very much understand the importance of that facility.”

The 1970s-era pavilion has become a gathering space for Bozeman. It hosted an ice rink through the winter and the Bogert Farmer’s Market in the summer.

A portion of the roof collapsed during a snowy evening in March. No one was injured.

The pavilion’s last known repair was in 2006, after a fire. Henderson said there’s no evidence that work or event had any connection to the collapse.

Henderson said he wasn’t aware of a system in place to regularly check Bozeman facilities like the pavilion and said even before the collapse, the city knew that needed to change.

“For many months now, the city’s been on a path to taking a little bit more advanced approach toward understanding the lifecycle of its facilities, to avoid this exact situation,” he said.

He said last November, the city created the Strategic Services Division to begin that process.

The division is working on creating preventative maintenance routines for facility upkeep. Henderson said it will also keep track of repair trends to better predict that cycle.

The division requested money for a citywide facility inventory in Bozeman’s proposed budget. City commissioners will finish the budget in June.

The city still doesn’t have an estimate for what the Bogert Pavilion repair could cost.

In April, commissioners approved an agreement with Morrison-Maierle to evaluate what choices the city has to bring back the pavilion. The company’s estimated price to draw up the plans alone were $25,441 for a model to repair and $29,303 to replace.

An option for repairing the pavilion could go before the city commission sometime in July.

Katheryn Houghton can be reached at khoughton@dailychronicle.com or at 582-2628. Follow her on Twitter @K_Hought.

Katheryn Houghton is the city government and health reporter for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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