Local Government

Trail project adjusted to attract lower bids

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 10, 2018 10:55 pm

QUINCY -- Revisions to the design of the Bill Klingner Trail between 18th and 24th streets should produce lower bids.

Quincy Park District Executive Director Rome Frericks told the Quincy Park Board on Wednesday that the scope of work was altered in a few areas to help reduce costs, including removal of a trail spur to the Schneidman Industrial Park.

The largest change comes with the approach under the 24th Street bridge.

"The biggest overage was underneath the 24th Street bridge, since the state wouldn't let us do the work while the bridge was gone" last year, Frericks said. "We came up with a different method to establish a retaining wall without taking out so much concrete and bedrock. That was what was so expensive."

The low bid of $2.4 million received last month through the Illinois Department of Transportation, was $370,000 above construction estimates.

"Myself and the engineers feel very confident based on the number we received from the (Sept. 21) letting, that we'll get back to the engineer's estimates," he said.

The project is being covered by a $791,990 grant through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program, as well as $350,000 committed by Friends of the Trails. The remainder would be covered through a proposed $2.265 million bond for future trail construction that could be sold in February.

The project is included IDOT's Nov. 9 letting.

Commissioners approved hiring Klingner and Associates for $233,340 for the resident engineer services required by IDOT during construction, which includes construction monitoring.

Commissioners also approved a $1.16 million capital project bond list for 2019.

Included is establishing a dog park on two acres along the east side of South Park for $75,000; road and parking lot improvements at Moorman, Kesler and Boots Bush parks for $415,000; shelter replacement at All America Park for $100,000; and equipment replacement for $249,000.

Funds for the projects will come from its annual bond sale for capital projects and leftover bond funds from 2017 and 2018 capital projects.

The Park Board also reviewed fees for 2019.

Proposed increases include increasing the additional service fee for events at city parks from $15 to $20, the deliver of additional picnic tables from $5 to $10, and establishing a rental fee for Wavering's turf field at $120 per day or $50 for three hours of less, and the sand volleyball courts at $50.

Slip rental fees at Art Keller Marina would climb 5 cents per square foot, which would increase the annual cost of a 20-by-10-foot covered boat slip from $600 to $610.

At Westview Golf Course, green fees and season passes would not increase, but golf cart rates would rise from $8 to $9 for nine holes and from $16 to $18 for 18 holes. Golf cart punch carts would climb from $70 to $80 for a 10-use nine-hole punch card and from $120 to $140 for a 20-punch card. Specials and promotions would also see an increase for carts.

Commissioners will consider the fees next month.