By Sabrina Westfall
City Engineer John Sprague informed the Board of Works that the Gregg Park parking lot project has been delayed.
During the regular meeting Tuesday, Sprague said the road surrounding the park was finished, but due to an unforseen issue with the ground under the previously existing concrete they will have to take extra steps to complete the process.
He said the area under the concrete was soft, and they needed to place an extra layer of material to ensure the ground was sturdy for the new surface.
Steve Beaman with the Parks and Recreation Department said the Rainbow Beach Family Aquatic Center is about two to three weeks out from opening. They plan to get the liner in Wednesday and recently got in the last of the playground equipment.
Bryce Anderson with the Street and Sanitation Department informed the board his department is working on the potholes in the city. He stressed they are currently working on the busiest areas.
He added next week they plan on doubling their crew to work on the troubled areas.
The board and Sprague opened bids for the 2014 Street Rehabilitation Project. Bids were as follows: Milestone at $635,608.55; E&B Paving at $897,568; and Dave O’Mara Contracting at $856,937.80.
The board approved the contract with Milestone, pending final verification from Sprague.
The board approved an amendment to the Second and Niblack project, which increased the price a little. Sprague noted the change would include right-of-way surfaces, additional environmental information and an new abuttment.
The amendment would raise the previous ‘do not exceed’ amount from $277,900 by $56,975 to a new total of $334,875.
Knox County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marc McNeece requested the closure of Busseron Street the evening of June 14 for a concert. The board approved the closure of the road starting at 4:30 p.m. that evening.
They also approved a series of street closures for the Watermelon Festival Saturday, Aug. 2 for various activities throughout the day for the Chamber sponsored event.
Larry Meek came before the board to request parking permission on North 3rd Street fom St. Claire to Sycamore for the Church of Christ.
The board approved parking on the one way road in front of the church from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Sundays only.