McGregor Council OKs splash pad design revision

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The McGregor Council has approved a revised concept design for phase I of the Turner Park splash pad that will make it easier to add features at the site down the road.

This plan shows how the simpler ground sprays can be turned into more extensive above ground water features during phase II of the project.

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times

The McGregor Council, at its Dec. 18 meeting, approved a revised concept design for phase I of the Turner Park splash pad that will make it easier to add features at the site down the road.

The revision includes extra concrete for more space, as well as several additional ground sprays that can be turned into above ground water features during phase II of the project. A second water activation bollard will allow the splash pad to be set up into two zones, including one for smaller kids.

“Then you can just turn on [the water] in the little kid area, as opposed to the whole thing,” explained councilwoman Janet Hallberg. “Then you’re not wasting water.”

The change will up phase I of the project from $150,000 to $167,000. Concrete work will be another $57,000.

According to city administrator Lynette McManus, $168,000 has been raised for the project. That does not include a $20,000 pledge from the city of Marquette as part of a Great Places grant application; McGregor learned last week that the bid for Great Places funding was unsuccessful.

A public hearing will be held at the council’s Jan. 15 regular meeting to approve final plans, specifications, opinion of cost and form of contract for the splash pad. Bid opening will occur in February, and the Turner Park committee hopes construction will start this spring. In the meantime, the committee will also continue to fundraise and seek other grant opportunities.

Basement inspections planned as part of sewer project

The council approved a $13,000 addendum to the Main Street sewer project contract with Davy Engineering so the firm can help conduct basement inspections within the project area.

“We’ve had such a water problem on Main Street. It’s like a funnel taking that water to the sewer plant,” said mayor Lyle Troester. “Once it’s fixed, that water will go somewhere else, and it will probably go into basements.”

Troester said Davy Engineering and city staff will go into basements this winter to determine if and how clear water is being discharged from properties into the sanitary sewer system. This will help both the city and the property owners find a potential means of repair for any issues.

“A lot of it is there’s nowhere for [the water] to go,” said McManus, “so this will hopefully find a solution.”

Engineering firm selected for project

The council also approved going with HR Green to engineer the FEMA Alternate Project for Ash Street and two A Street inlets.  Work will include water, sewer, storm sewer and street reconstruction from the Ann Street intersection with A Street to the start of the new pavement on Ash Street. The contract with HR Green is not to exceed $78,400.

This “alternate” project, which utilizes disaster funding from FEMA, is being completed in lieu of replacing the former pedestrian bridge over B Street. The city said the bridge project was deemed too costly, and the Ash Street work is more needed.

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