New parking lot to cost little more than $415,000
By JESSICA CRAWFORD • Daily Leader
The city commission took yet another step in the Light Park improvement project at its bi-weekly meeting Tuesday evening. With playground equipment, shelters, volleyball courts and the like, plenty of parking is a must.
JAG Construction was chosen for the job with a low bid of $415,622.
Abbott Construction entered a bid of $416,265. The difference of $643 impressed the commissioners, and they thanked both contractors for their diligence with preparing the bids.
However, they were not impressed with the quote entered by Earle’s Engineering and Inspection. The quote prepared by Earle’s was considerably lower than both local construction companies.
Commissioners were concerned that the engineering company may not have put enough time into the quote process. Commissioner Dave Harrison addressed Cliff Abbott asking him how much time it takes him to accurately prepare a quote. Abbott responded with 16 to 18 hours on a project such as this.
Although JAG was ultimately chosen to carry out the project of a parking lot at Light Park, commissioners thanked both local contractors for their time and efforts.
Dave Harrison informed contractors that there will be a performance bond required for the project and any project thereafter.
“You do understand,” he said. “That any project will require bonding from now on.”
Commissioners adopted an ordinance to remove a portion of the Third Street right of way. The area is located along lots five and six of block 32 of the original town addition.
Zoning administrator Steve Guererro stated a portion of the Third Street right of way of 1.6 feet by 18 feet north of lot five of block
32 and a portion of the Third Street right of way 1.2 feet by 18.4 feet north of lot six of block 32 of the original town addition will be be vacated.
Due to a vacancy on the Joint Economic Development Council, both Jerry Harding and Jack Taylor submitted applications for the seat.
The commission recommended the appointment of Jerry Harding.
According to Economic Development Director Colleen Towns, Harding’s term of three years will expire on Dec. 31, 2011.