The Washington City Council approved a contract with K.J. Unnerstall Inc. earlier this week for concrete and asphalt work at the all-abilities park, currently under construction near Lions Lake.
Darren Dunkle, parks director, said the company will begin work sometime next week. According to the contract, the company has 60 days to complete the work.
The city has been working for the past several months on site grading, as well as the installation of drain inlets and storm sewer piping, a retaining wall and other preliminary work.
The parks department received two bids for concrete work, including sidewalks, curb, gutters, rock, fencing, railings, guard posts, detectable warning devices, signage and delivery of concrete, asphalt, erosion/sedimentation control and traffic control.
K.J. Unnerstall’s bid was for $192,668, plus $7,332. The other bid received was from Lakebrink Construction for $300,113.
Dunkle said the engineer’s estimate for the work was $256,743.
Playground equipment was ordered through an interlocal contract, he said, and is expected to arrive late next week.
Once the concrete work is completed, the city will construct the playground equipment.
The park board had discussed whether or not to pursue having a company install the equipment to get it in more quickly.
Instead, Dunkle said the city will take one or two employees from each department and dedicate them to installing the playground. Employees from public works, the parks department and water/wastewater all will help with the construction.
“Having a dedicated staff should cut down on the time,” he said.
Dunkle noted there has been about $90,000 in savings with the project through lower prices on the equipment purchase and a lower than estimated cost for concrete/asphalt work.
Estimates to install the equipment have averaged just over the $90,000 mark. Because winter is just around the corner, park board members questioned if spending the additional $90,000 or more would be a good investment.
“Weather is going to be a factor, no matter who puts it together,” Dunkle said. “This (arrangement) works out for both sides.”
The $90,000 savings may be used to help fund a pavilion and/or park benches.