Lighthouse approved, senior center fund set
Outdoor Recreation Products of Elkhorn, Nebraska was awarded a contract for $317,200 Monday to provide the innovative elements of the Project Awaysis lakefront playground in Storm Lake. Installation of the equipment is expected to be completed in a 60-days period beginning later this season. The development is to be finished no later then September 1.
"We hope that they can get started in May," Project Manager Mike Wilson told the Storm Lake City Council.
ORP's was one of six proposals submitted for the playground. A committee of around 10 volunteers was formed, involving a number of teachers, parents and grandparents, to grade different concepts. Wilson said that no doubt the committee members had run have the most 'Wow' factor.
The group compared design, accessibility of equipment, uniqueness, use of space, warranties, cost, quality, and how the site will fit with the rest of Awaysis.
According to Wilson, he committee felt that the ORP's proposal clearly contain the most unique equipment and was the best value for the price.
"The price is a little lower then what we budgeted but with the limited space there wasn't much more that could be fitted onto the space," Wilson said.
Some of the unique equipment includes two climbing rocks, the Pointe and the Pinnacle, that are seven feet tall and when combined will create a natural tunnel; a 12 foot high space net climbing area with seating inside; the newest playground innovation known as the EVOS system, connecting lots of slides, tunnels and other climbing and swinging events.
"The Playground is an important component of Project AWAYSIS," City Administrator Patti Moore said. "We're sure that kids of all ages will love the uniqueness and accessibility of the play features. The City is really pleased to be able to provide this playground free to all users."
The playground will be on a 9,500 square foot rubberized all weather surface that doubles as fall protection from all features. Several of the play features are unique to Storm Lake and should attract families to visit the city, officials feel.
"It's awesome," Mayor Jon Kruse said. "I think it will provide a lot of potential adventure for the kids and it's a great development for the community.
"I don't think I'll be playing on it too much," Kruse joked, "but I think the kids will enjoy it."
In other AWAYSIS news, the council approved the $850,000 lighthouse and confessions stand plan announced last week. The 60 foot tall lighthouse will have an observation deck at 40 feet with stairs and an elevator for access.
"This is a little shorter then conception, but it is within the code," Wilson said.
Bids will be accepted until May 16 and the bids are to be presented to the council by May 21.
Two change orders were brought before the council, one for the King's Pointe Resort contract. The order includes an add-on of $5,600 for reinforcement of steel supports for the drive-through canopy, an additionally $10,685 for electrical power connections for all smoke dampers and a final add-on of $5,225 for framing, drywall wraps and finishing around all horizontal beams on the interior of the indoor aquatics slide tower. There was a deduction of $800 for a previously approved change. The contract amount is now $14,915,370.
The other change order was for the furniture, fixture and equipment contract. The order would give the city a surplus at the original contracted amount to replace items that may be ruined through normal guest use. The increase is $7,743.06 moving the total contract to $843,157.95.
In final AWAYSIS news, the Senior Citizen Center has been relocated into the Golf Course Rental Hall. According to Moore, the Buena Vista Count Council on Aging has agreed to sell their building on Erie Street and to donate the proceeds of the sale to the City. The proceeds will be put in a separate interest bearing account and will be used exclusively for the supplies and maintenance of the seniors facility.
"My wife and I had lunch with the Seniors today and all the talk was about how wonderful the new facility," Council Member Jim Treat said.