Extra expenses approved for park

Playground surface adds $99,500 to bill
Feb. 14, 2013 @ 12:09 AM

The city commission has approved an additional $243,552.55 to be spent on Wear Farm City Park, the Wears Valley Road facility that is scheduled to open in March.

Most of the money is for changes the city requested, according to Steven Fritts of the engineering and architectural firm Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc. Fritts addressed the commission when it met Monday night at city hall.

The original bid by the contractor Charles Blalock and Sons was for $6,875,000. The new outlay brings the total to $7,891,952.

The new expenditures are outlined in a change-order document submitted by Blalock. The largest expense is $99,583.15 for PebbleFlex playground surfacing.

The city also will spend $45,703.87 on a dual dumpster pad. Commissioner Randal Robinson said the amount seemed high.

"We thought it was high as well," Fritts replied.

"What is the reason not to bid?" Robinson asked. "Why not bid out the dumpster space?"

"None of that work could start until Blalock was done," Fritts said. Bidding out the work, he continued, "would delay using the facility in the spring. The goal is to have it open next month."

The commission also approved:

- On second reading, an ordinance annexing property in Wear Farm City Park

- On second reading, an ordinance amending the fiscal year 2012-2013 budget

- A resolution adopting a plan of services for Wear Farm City Park

- An agreement for pre-development services at the proposed Ripken baseball facility

- The purchase of streetlight maintenance materials

- Rejecting a bid for providing concession drinks at Wear Farm City Park, and opening the contract to new bids

- Sixty-eight Glock pistols and eight body cameras for the Police Department

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