City Park project nearly complete
By LINDA LOBECK
IRON MOUNTAIN – The second phase of projects at City Park in Iron Mountain are winding down this fall with a few items left to finish in the new bathrooms.
City officials have approved a change order for work by Bacco Construction Co. of Iron Mountain totaling $13,191.87 with the total pay request of $247,960.59, said Kevin Trevillian, project manager with Coleman Engineering of Iron Mountain.
Trevillian said that this is the final bill since the work is all done and the contract has been fulfilled between the city and Bacco.
The change order occurred due to moving the fence at the deer enclosure and having to go deeper to excavate the area where the deer pond is being restored.
“Once they got in there, they had to go a lot deeper and dig it out – the soils were really bad and needed to be excavated before putting the new liner in,” Trevillian said.
Bacco Construction Co. had been hired to widen and pave the roadway to make it two-way to the new athletic fields, put in paved walking trails and renovate the pond in the deer enclosure.
To make sure the project was done correctly, Trevillian said that he visited the site daily to measure the restoration work and document what had been completed.
“The project is complete and the park was greatly improved by this project,” said City Manager Jordan Stanchina.
“The project was completed through a grant award by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund in which 74 percent of this pay request will be returned to the city from the grant.”
The city had received a $500,000 grant from the MDNR to make improvements to City Park.
The other big project going on this summer was the construction of the new bathrooms, which are located near the bocce ball court towards the entrance to City Park. This work is being done by Lefebvre Holdings of Iron Mountain.
According to Stanchina, at this time, the bathrooms are operational with only some small items left to be completed.
City officials have approved a pay request of $34,700 to Lefebvre Holdings.
It was noted that Lefebvre also donated $10,000 of inkind labor for the park along with this project.
This also works out with a 74 percent grant match and 26 percent match from the city.
Trevillian said they next have to work through the figures to present to the MDNR to get the city’s reimbursement for the work finished this summer and fall.
Last year, they were at approximately $60,000 for the local match and this year so far, it’s close to $100,000. The total local match for the grant is $175,000.
“We are trending very well in meeting our match requirements. These are just rough estimates, but a big chunk of the match has been donated from individuals and businesses and the city crews helping have also added to the inkind work,” Trevillian said.
Mayor Bruce Rosen asked where they were at getting the baskets needed for the disc golf course that is another part of the projects at City Park. He was hoping that could still be done this year.
“We don’t just want to put nine baskets up. We want to do it right and put some thought into designing a course. The only outstanding items in the scope of the projects to be done next spring are the frisbee golf course and the skate board park,” Trevillian said.
During the city manager’s report, Stanchina also discussed a meeting between the Parks and Recreation Committee and John Nienstadt, who was representing the City Park Ski Club. Nienstadt said they were interested in adding a groomed walking/snowshoe trail at City Park.
“They would like to add this trail to give walkers an alternative to using their groomed ski trails. Walking and snowshoeing ruin the groomed ski trails and they have offered to groom a new trail for walkers to keep them separate from the ski trails,” Stanchina reported.
He added that the reason people walk on the ski trails is because they are maintained by the club and groomed.
“The issue of walking on the ski trails has come up in the past and the only reason the trails are maintained and groomed is because of a dedicated group of Ski Club members,” Stanchina said “They invest a significant amount of time and money maintaining the trails. A separate trail, which they are also willing to groom, appears to be an excellent solution.”
The city gave its permission for the club to groom a separate trail for walking and snowshoeing.
Stanchina said that the traffic through the park with people walking has increased greatly since the new paved trails have been completed.
Trevillian agreed and said they will be working during the winter months to plan out the next two projects – frisbee or disc golf and a skateboard park – so they can get started when spring comes.
That is the final phase of projects at City Park through the MDNR Trust Fund grant.
Linda Lobeck’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.