Reversing a decision made by the Spencer Park Board at its meeting earlier Monday night, the Spencer City Council approved a bid for construction of a skateboard park in East Leach Park.
"Same song, different verse," said Park Board Chair Dick Montgomery, referring to last month's bids for the proposed multipurpose facility at Pederson Park, which were sent back to the drawing board after bids came in significantly about the engineer's estimate.
The lowest alternate bid for the skate park project, presented by C Tec, of York, Neb., was $238,295, over $18,000 more than budgeted for the project. Only two bids were submitted. While the park board had suggested going back to the drawing board with the engineer and contractor, council members expressed concern that reducing the scope of the project even further would diminish its worth to the city.
"The engineer thought we could reduce the scope of the project to try to bring it down to our budgeted amount," said Montgomery. "While it wouldn't be as exciting, we would get the project constructed within our budget."
Council members expressed their concern that cutting down the project more would be too detrimental to the final product.
"I think when the committee and Park Board designed this, they weren't looking for a Cadillac," said council member Jim Roling. "I think that this is an important enough project that we just find the funds to do it.
"I don't want to lose what the committee and the community wants and has worked so hard for," Roling continued.