Award-winning golf course designer hired
With the lodge that will be the centerpiece of Project AWAYSIS and the indoor waterpark specs coming in at $1.1 million over the original project estimate, the Storm Lake City Council Monday forged ahead and approved plans for the lodge and indoor waterpark building.
At $14,768,000, the cost is higher due to higher building materials costs and fuel prices, larger than originally anticipated restaurant and conference space, a higher level of finishing to the public spaces, and a higher cost for aggregate piers.
The actual cost will not be known until construction bids are opened March 29.
Project AWAYSIS Project Manager Mile Wilson noted the next step will be to go back to other project components and see what can be done to reduce costs. "We're most likely going to adjust those a little bit," Wilson said.
The outdoor water park bids have already come in more than $800,000 over the city's engineering estimate.
In other action related to Project AWAYSIS, the Council awarded the bid for Division I of the Sunrise Road relocation project to Godbersen-Smith Construction of Ida Grove for $577,162. The bid was $13,597 over the engineer's estimate.
The Council also awarded a bid for completion of Division II of the Sunrise Road Relocation Project - largely consisting of water and sewer utility work - to Lundell Construction of Storm Lake at $244,656, $41,371 below the engineer's estimate.
The council awarded a geo pier system soil reinforcement plan for the lodge and waterparks for $947,500 to Peterson Contractors, Inc. of Reinbeck. The cost is somewhat less than the soil reinforcement method estimated at $1,052,000. Reinbeck is the only contractor for geo pier soil reinforcement construction authorized in the area.
The Council also approved plans and specifications for reinforcing steel for the lodge building, with an estimated cost of $92,000. Bids will be opened 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 in City Hall.
A $32,000 contract was approved with Michael J. Benkusky, Inc., for design services for the golf course renovation project. The firm was selected by Golf Digest magazine as having designed the number two new public course as well as the number two private course in 2005.
In a number of matters, the Council:
*Set 5 p.m. March 13 as the time for a public hearing on the proposed 2006-07 budget.
*Denied a waiver request by Clay Regional Water to provide water service for 5855 105th Ave.
*Awarded a bid to Funk Construction of Storm Lake for the ninth out of 10 units in the Housing Rehabilitation Project. The base bid is $23,300 plus $2,430 for lead hazard reduction.
The council also warded a bid to Funk Construction for the tenth Housing Rehabilitation Project for $27,575.
*Entered into a coverage agreement with the Social Security division of the Municipal Police and Fire Retirement System. The agreement affects three police officers who were part of the Medicare system before April 1, 1986.
*Approved an ordinance amending the city zoning ordinance and adding sections now in the city code.
*Approved ordinances amending the city zoning ordinance for both Dave and Ruth Peterson and Robert and Linda Johnson. The Petersons and Johnsons requested the rezoning to allow a housing development on the north side of the city.
*Approved first reading of an Illicit Discharge Ordinance that would prohibit anything other than storm water from entering the city storm water system.