Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 20, 2012

Clinch Park plan may need downsizing

Redesign proposals come in thousands over budget


TRAVERSE CITY — City commissioners may have to downsize and redesign the proposed concession pavilion and bathhouse at reconstructed Clinch Park because bids came in roughly $178,000 over budget.

The city estimated $567,500 for the building, but the low bid came in at $745,600. City Manager Ben Bifoss said there is about $600,000 available for the project. Bifoss said he did not know why bids came in so high.

City engineer Tim Lodge recommends the city staff work with the low bidder, Hallmark Construction, to reduce costs by changing some of the materials and design elements of the project. The changes will require state approval because part of the project is funded through a state grant.

Commissioners must decide to either work with the low bidder and try to find extra money and reduced costs or reject all bids and redesign the facility. They'll dicuss it at a meeting Monday at 7 p.m. in the Governmental Center.

The commission also will be asked to accept a bid to fix the roof of the City Opera House, as well as a change order to install brick pavers at the intersection of State and Union streets.

The commission's regular study session will immediately follow the special meeting, at which time commissioners will discuss parking issues on the west end of downtown.