GAASTRA—The city of Gaastra’s soccer field restroom project may be temporarily on hold after bids came in over budget.
GEI Consultant’s Rob Anderson reported on the project at the Oct. 11 meeting of the Gaastra City Commission.
Two bids were received, with the low bid coming in almost $16,000 over the amount allotted for the restroom project.
Anderson told commissioners that his next step was to work with the DNR, with hopes of cutting costs on the project, possibly changing out the fixtures, which had doubled or tripled in price recently.
He also planned to look into the possibility of a wood frame building rather than brick, which was stipulated in the original bidding.
The alternate models may get the price under budget, but if not, Anderson and Mayor Richard Holm agreed the project could be re-bid in the spring, when prices may be more favorable.
Some discussion was held regarding the cost of the Swede Anderson Memorial sign, which, according to Anderson, is not eligible for DNR grant funds.
Coming in at $3,300, the commission decided to make its own sign, with the expense to be used towards the city’s grant match. Also part of the match was the donation of class 2 gravel from Iron County Commissioner Wayne Wales.
If project costs remain over budget, there is the possibility of additional grant funds, which would increase the city’s match, although attorney Steve Polich told the commission not to worry too much about that, as it could be made up with volunteer work and donated materials.
The city has two years to complete the project.
The commission approved payment of $5,444 to GEI for the project design plans and bidding process, which, Polich explained, included re-surveying the parcel and re-submitting the plans to the state numerous times.
A second project the city is involved with, the Iron County Heritage Trail Bike Path, is moving along slower than anticipated, according to Wales.
Wales told the City Commission the project is turning out to be a long, drawn out process, due to the step by step procedures required by MDOT in preparing the engineer bid packages.
Iron County Road Commission Superintendent Doug Tomasoski is handling the administrative end of the project and continues to work on hiring an engineer, after an unknown delay postponed a recent request for proposals.
With a Heritage Trail meeting scheduled for this month, Wales said there is basically nothing the committee can do until the bids come in. \ “We did this based on next year’s construction costs,” he said.
“Hopefully it will still go that way.”
Wales also informed the City Commission of the possible discontinuation of the Michigan Works Summer Youth Program.
Although the program is not yet officially terminated, Wales told the commission not to count on it in the future, as there appears to be no funding for the program which had employed area youth for 10 weeks each summer.
The commission accepted offers on two city-owned, 40-acre parcels on Wagner Lake Road.
After negotiations, an offer of $28,000 was accepted on the south east parcel, which includes some swamp land, and $33,000 was accepted on the south west parcel.
Wales let the City Commission know that he would be running for his seat on the County Board as a write-in candidate on the upcoming ballot.
Attorney Mark Tousignant, candidate for Iron County Probate Judge, was also in attendance at the meeting to answer any questions.
The next meeting of the Gaastra City Commission will be Thursday, Nov. 8, at 4:40 p.m.