"The intent at this point in time is for the town to present the construction contract to the contractor that day and have the board of commissioners consider the execution of the contract during the meeting that Thursday," Smith said. "Once those contracts are executed, the town of
The 2.2-acre park is planned for the intersection of South Crutchfield and West Atkins streets. It will house two picnic shelters, one of which will double as the site of the town's farmer's market, an ampitheater, an interactive fountain, splash pad, playground and walking trails.
The meeting with SimCon to sign the contracts was scheduled shortly after a special meeting of the board held Tuesday.
During that meeting, the board ironed out final changes to the park plans, Smith said.
"The only thing on the agenda for that meeting was to discuss possible alternatives to the base bid for the park's construction," Smith said.
There were four options up for consideration during Wednesday's special meeting.
Option one included adding an interactive lighting feature to the park's splash pad. SimCon estimated the feature would cost an additional
Option two would change the planned asphalt shingles on the two shelters and ampitheater to metal roofing. The
The third option the board considered during the meeting would change the standard mulch planned for the playground to synthetic turf. SimCon estimates the synthetic turf would cost
The final option would replace the standard mulch with synthetic mulch, at an estimated cost of
Following some discussion on the changes, the board ultimately approved the lighting for the splash pad after learning it could be accomplished for around
"The lighting will essentially turn the splash pad into a lit fountain at night," Smith said. "It's going to really look nice."
The board also okayed using synthetic mulch for the playground at a cost of
"Rather than the standard wood mulch that can blow away or develop bald spots, the synthetic mulch is much more durable and has an eight-year lifespan," Smith said. "It requires no maintenance and is rated for falls from as high as 12 feet."
Once construction gets under way, Smith said the park is expected to be completed in 120 days.
"If all goes well, the
"But, of course, that's pending no delays," he said.
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