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April 14, 2014

Splash pad contract OK’d at meeting

TAHLEQUAH — During a special meeting of the Tahlequah City Council Friday, members unanimously approved a contract award for a planned splash pad, and adjusted the scope of a grant to allow rehabilitation of a building at Tahlequah City Park.

The discussion of the contract award for the construction of the splash pad on Water Avenue near Downing Street was for clarification. Mayor Jason Nichols said he described the alternate plans incorrectly during the council meeting on April 7.

“A technical problem prevented me from printing the alternates, and I tried to describe them from memory,” Nichols said. “I essentially transposed alternates one and two.”

The error reversed the costs assigned to a pair of gazebos and a fence. The actual cost of the two alternates is $9,200 for a pair of shaded gazebos and $20,850 for a fence.

Nichols explained that the bid submitted by Zenith Construction Co. remained the lowest at $190,750.

After discussion, the councilors approved the gazebos, but rejected the fence.

The council also voted to use funds from a Community Development Block Grant, acquired through the Eastern Oklahoma Development District, to renovate the Green Building at Tahlequah City Park. The grant was originally awarded to widen West Fourth Street.

“The amount we requested was $90,000 to $100,000,” Nichols said. “As the project has gone further along, we need to acquire right-of-way, and there will be utility moves.”

Due to deadlines to spend the grant, the proposal was made to use money from the CDGB grant on the Green Building. Municipalities frequently notify the EODD and reassign grant funds to ensure they are spent.

“CDGB grants are eventually a use-it-or-lose it situation,” Nichols said. “It can also interfere with further applications if it looks like we are sitting on funds.”

In other business, the councilors unanimously voted to officially close to grants associated with the completed Tahlequah Senior Center rehabilitation, and appointed James Mahaney to the Joint Airport Zoning Board.

Linda Spyres, Ward 4 councilor, was absent.

srowley@tahlequahdailypress.com

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