Upgrading at Fox Pond expected by city council

Jul. 14, 2014 @ 04:51 PM

The Henderson City Council is expected to vote at its meeting Monday on a grant application for improvements to Fox Pond Park that could provide $15,000 for a new restroom facility.

The board is scheduled to vote on submitting an application to the Francis Abbot Powers Endowment 2014 grant at Monday's meeting.

City Manager Ray Griffin said the existing restroom building at Fox Pond Park was constructed in 1974 and is currently in poor condition.

He said the building has had periodic repairs and minor upgrades since construction, but age, deterioration and extensive use now require that the existing building be demolished and a new restroom building is constructed using modern materials and techniques.

The total project cost to replace the restroom building is estimated at approximately $19,500.

The remaining costs would be taken out of the fund balance, according to Griffin.

On Monday night, the council will also revisit the N.C. Department of Transportation project to widen Chavasse Avenue.

The council received an update on the project at its June 23 meeting.

Board members decided to table a vote at the May 12 meeting because of concerns with a few areas of the agreement drafted by the state.

One provision stated the city would be responsible for any cost of the project that exceeds $700,000.

Griffin said the DOT has confirmed with staff that once all of the easements have been obtained and verified, they will proceed with taking bids and will allow the city to review the bids prior to executing a contract for the work.

If bids come in higher than expected, the city may decline participation in the project.

Another provision stated DOT would not be held responsible for any damage or liability during the construction of the project.

Griffin said this has been amended to include responsibility for the right of way portion only. The city would not be held liable during construction.

 

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[This story was edited to reflect the following correction: The Francis Abbot Powers Endowment 2014 grant is still accepting applications. It has nothing to do with the city or the upgrades at Fox Pond Park. The Powers grant cycle is still open — it closes July 18 — and will be approved later in the month by a separate committee made up of Mrs. Powers’ husband, Preston Powers, Frank Irvin and Dr. Marion Lark.]