Carson City park connector trail to be finished soon

By Lonnie Allen • Last Updated 9:32 am on Thursday, August 23, 2012

CARSON CITY — The trail connecting two Carson City parks will be finished shortly after Labor Day.

City Administrator Mark Borden told Carson City Council members Tuesday that the connector trails have already been marked out.

“The new trails will be finished in 2 ½ weeks,” Borden said.

During the last city council meeting, some debate was raised by council members about using Carson City Lumber for the project. During the bidding process, there was a misunderstanding about material being used, so Carson City Lumber was unable to get the full project.

“We worked very hard with our suppliers to keep the cost down, but unfortunately the contractor the city chose to use had a preference of where they wanted to get their decking materials,” said Carson City Lumber manager Chris Cop.

According to Borden, Youngstrum Contracting in Ionia had already ordered decking material and was unable to change that order. However, the lumber will come from Carson City Lumber.

“We are providing lumber for some of the framing for underneath the boardwalk,” Copp said. “We were very disappointed that we were unable to provide the materials for the entire project,”

According to Copp, Carson City Lumber had a lower bid. But Borden explained the bids were similar.

“They (Carson City Lumber) matched the price of the bid, but their decking material was not the same as Youngstrom,” Borden said. “But we worked with the contractor so they would use Carson City Lumber for some of the project.”

Carson City Lumber staff are satisfied that the city council attempted to steer the entire project their way.

“It was good that we were given a chance by the city and the city council did work with us a little,” Copp said. “I think they support community business well.”


At Tuesday’s meeting, the Carson City Council also:

• Appointed Kim Krenz as a hearing officer for dealing with dilapidated buildings in the city. Mayor Pro Tem Neil Kupustka appointed Krenz because Mayor Bruce Tasker was with his wife who had to have emergency surgery on Tuesday after suffering a stroke. 

“Her condition has improved some after the surgery,” Borden told council members. “But the situation is still serious.” 

• Heard from Carson City Fire Chief Dan Kipp, who said he will not agree to a new Montcalm County Central Dispatch order to comply with a new alert system unless they fix the current system with radio transmission problems.

“I told them no,” Kipp said. “We need to fix the existing problem first and the city has offered to pay for it twice and Central Dispatch has declined our offer.”

The city council is having an attorney draft a letter explaining they will comply with the changes once the communication trouble is fixed properly. 

• Heard the Department of Public works purchased an new chipper.

• Approved city bills.

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