Carson City approves connector trail bid for parks

By Lonnie Allen • Last Updated 11:22 am on Thursday, July 19, 2012

CARSON CITY — The people of Carson City will soon be able to enjoy parks via a connector trail that was approved by the city council Tuesday night.

The project will be done by Youngstrum, which is the same company that did city streetscapes in 1996-1997, according to Mayor Bruce Tasker.

The trail will connect Haradine Park located on M-57 at the western edge of the city to Grove Park located four blocks north of M-57 on Williams Street.

“The $167,000 was the low bid,” City Administrator Mark Borden told council members. “It was significantly lower than the other companies that bid on the project.”

According to Borden, Carson City Lumber was in attendance at the bid opening and they contacted the Tasker next day saying it would cost less if using other materials. Borden told council members that they contacted the engineer, which contacted Youngstrum to clarify the discrepancy in price.

“(Youngstrum) designed the connector trail for snow removal,” Borden said. “We don’t need that thick deck board, it is a pedestrian walkway.”

The new price under the decking modification will be $141,440 and this has been approved by the Department of Natural Resources, according to Borden.

Councilman Neil Kapustka raised a question about Carson City Lumber getting the bid. Borden explained that Carson City Lumber was given the chance, but Yougstrum officials said they had another company that could provide materials at a lower price.

“They will go back and get prices from Carson City Lumber and the lowest material bidder and see how close Carson City Lumber is,” Borden said. “We might be able to tell Youngstrum we want them to use Carson City Lumber for the materials.”

The project will be funded with $70,000 from a $93,000 CD donated for parks by the former Dynegy power plant (now LS Power) and a $90,000 trust fund grant from the DNR.

According to Tasker, the project is expected to start at the end of July and be finished by mid-September.


In other matters … 

• Neil Kapustka said the American Legion at 121 N. Mercantile St. in Carson City will be opening its doors the rest of the summer as a cooling center for residents.

“With all this heat we have been having we want the people to know they can come and cool off,” he said. “They can come and play cards or just sit and get out of the heat.”

If city residents have questions about escaping the heat, they can contact the American Legion at (989) 584-3455.

• The city council approved bills totaling $94,955.

• Mayor Bruce Tasker thanked Department of Public Works employees for their quick clean-up of damages after storms on the Fourth of July.

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