Pigeon Forge approves spending for new park

May. 15, 2013 @ 11:52 PM

At its meeting Monday evening, the Pigeon Forge City Commission approved a change order for additional finances related to still incomplete construction of Wear Farm City Park.

Although the city park has been open since April, design consultant Steve Fritts said additional work still needs to be done on the park project, which had an original completion date of December 2012.

"I was hoping back then that I wouldn't have to come and ask for this, but the project has dragged on longer than anyone had expected because of the weather, so we've had some pretty significant cost increases," said Fritts of Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, the engineering firm for the project.

Per the change order, the city will pay the engineering firm an extra $19,484 to provide additional design and construction phase services due to the expansion of the scope of the project, and to cover additional construction phase services past the original completion date.

"Because of the 13 inches of rain in January and all the other things that have gone on, we're still dealing with a few issues out there, so we've had to expend a lot more effort after the project was over," Fritts said.

This is the third addendum for the project. The previous total fee, which includes the first two addenda, was $675,620. The new total fee is $695,104.

The city will pay the amount with bond funds.

Vice-Mayor Kevin McClure asked when the project will be completely finished.

"We're just about done," Fritts said.

The commission also approved:

  • The second reading of an ordinance to amend sections 709 (C-5 Commercial Amusement Park District) and section 801 (area, yard and height requirement) of the text of the zoning ordinance of Pigeon Forge
  • The second reading of an ordinance to amend the number of members of the Pigeon Forge Beer Board and to amend section 8-203 of the Pigeon Forge Beer Ordinance
  • The first reading of an ordinance to rezone parcel E-43.00 of tax map 94c, located at the intersection of North River Road and Jake Thomas Road, from C-6 (Mixed-use Commercial District) to C-2 (Tourist Commercial District)
  • Property tax adjustments for Fiscal Year 2012-2013
  • A proposal from CDM Smith for engineering services for a striping plan for the parking lot and Teaster Lane Intersection improvements
  • A change order from Charles Blalock and Sons relating to the construction of Jake Thomas Road in the amount of $59,018, paid for utilizing bond funds

A bid to purchase a chain link fence for the water plant from Stanley Fencing