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Bid Process Delays Crystal Lake Park Repairs

Play Park Now Closed Over 6 Weeks

Crystal Lake Park is still closed, more than a month since problems with a storm water pipe created a hole in the middle of the play park.

Originally city officials thought repairs could be completed in three weeks, but assessing the damage and obtaining multiple bids for repair have taken longer than expected.

Assistant City Manager James Slaton said after televising the line, the city determined repairs are worse than anticipated.

"The original plan to slipline repair has changed to a much larger project," Slaton said, noting new underground pipe needs to be installed.

Utilities Director Sarah Kirkland said July 23 responded: "One contractor has been out to access the cost to repair. Another contractor is scheduled to be on site to give pricing in the next few days, and there are two other contractors we are waiting to hear back when they can meet on site to give a quote.

"Once all four quotes are in, staff will make contact with all contractors to see which one can start the repair immediately."

Kirkland said she will have a tentative date for repair once all quotes are received.

Slaton said the lengthy process for getting repairs done is one reason he supports a competitive request for proposals process so the city can have approved contractors already approved.


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