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Riverfront Park may get upgrades
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McMinnville officials will be reviewing bids for improvements to Riverfront Park on Tuesday night using a grant obtained in 2009.
According to McMinnville Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord, the project was sent out for bids and two were received.
“We did receive two bids,” McCord said. “Both were local. One was from TriState Development for $92,750 and one was from Waymon Hale Construction for $89,107.”
Parks and Recreation Committee members Aldermen Mike Neal, chairman, Billy Wood and Ben Newman will meet at 6:45 p.m. to consider the bids.
McCord says the bids are currently being reviewed to determine if they both meet the criteria set down in bid documents, as well as other comparisons, in an effort to decide which bid he will recommend as “lowest and best” Tuesday night.
“Hopefully, the committee will make its selection and we can present this to the full board two weeks later,” said McCord. “Once accepted by the board, I think work will begin shortly after.”
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency awarded the city a grant for $86,995 four years ago for upgrades to the park, including two docks, a boat ramp, dredging, and bank stabilization. A required grant match by the city brought the grant amount up to over $100,000.
The grant sat in limbo until 2012 when officials received paperwork associated with it. Worrisome to officials were requirements attached to the money, including reimbursement divided over three years rather than one lump sum, paving a parking lot that floods, and an audit that would require the city to keep all the paperwork associated with the project for three years.
Officials considered rejecting the grant until negotiations with TWRA resulted in changes and the grant was accepted.
Committee meetings are held on the third floor of city hall.