Thursday, June 14, 2012
City opens bids for splash pad
By SUE WATSON
Bids are in for the construction of a splash pad, to be located behind the Multi-Purpose Building at Spring Hollow.
Two bids were submitted for the construction of the pad and water features, while IMS Engineers will do an environmental study, said Micheal Crittle, public works director for the City of Holly Springs.
He said the location of the splash pad was changed from behind the Power House because of regulations that do not permit any surface activity within a 200-foot radius of any deep well.
Kidz Zone was low bidder with a base bid of $190,945, while RJR Enterprises Inc., submitted a $211,000 bid. The board of aldermen voted to take the matter under advisement and a special meeting was called for Friday, June 8, to award the bid quickly. Mayor Andre’ DeBerry said the construction must be done by July.
Crittle said a walking trail will connect the water park to the Spring Hollow walking trail and to the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum on Randolph Street.
In other news, the street department was out repairing a sunken street in the area of Carlisle’s Big Star and Craft Street Wednesday last week.
Crittle said the surface at the location had sunk and street workers had patched it; then it sunk again. Workers dug down eight feet and refilled and compacted the sink hole with sand. The area will be covered with gravel and then asphalt.
The street was resurfaced a few years ago with ARRA money.
Crittle said another recurring erosion problem at Salem and Higdon will be repaired again as well.
The board discussed the overhead railroad bridge at West Street with Crittle. The public works director said contact has been made with officials of Burlington Northern Santa Fe to come out and inspect the bridge and make repairs, if needed. The city would not pay for any work on the bridge since it belongs to the railroad.
Other board activities of interest included:
• approval for the Bikers’ Night Out/Blues Alley program. The event begins Thursday, July 12, and extends every Thursday night until September 27. The activity is a Main Street sponsored event.
• heard a concern by alderman Garrie Colhoun about motorcycle speeding after hours down Van Dorn and other thoroughfares. He asked the police chief to see what could be done to curtail the activity which is extremely risky for the cyclist and any unwary motorist or other person entering the street.
“I’m concerned about their safety as well as the safety of citizens,” Colhoun said.
• learned the Historic Preservation Commission approved the demolition of Catherine Hall on MI College campus.
• approved a final plat for a three-house subdivision at the end of Randolph Street. The subdivsion will be named Rusthaven Cove and is located on the Rust College property.
• approved hiring two new entry level ground linesmen at HSUD.
• discussed Hill Crest Cemetery improvements - cleaning and restoration of markers, requirements for permanent markers, traffic flow and access to historic gravesites.
• approved the use of West Boundary Park by Opulent Life Church June 11-15 from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. for Vacation Bible School.
• accepted low bidders for the Holly Springs Highway 4 water project. DeLane Christenson Company was awarded the contract for the water supply well at $264,400; Caldwell Tanks won the bid for the elevated storage tank at $626,700; Southeastern Tank Inc., was low bidder on the ground storage tank at $140,068; and Cleveland Construction Company won the contract for water system distribution line and service line construction at $948,302.
• learned the city’s request for a local and private bill to assess 1 cent sales tax for capital improvements died in the Legislature.
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