Still-divided council OKs McEuen contract - Coeur d'Alene Press: Political

Still-divided council OKs McEuen contract

Architectural, engineering plans to begin on conceptual plan, with boat launch remaining

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Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 12:15 am

COEUR d'ALENE - The McEuen Field designers will begin creating the construction documents to send the downtown park project out to bid.

A divided Coeur d'Alene City Council agreed Tuesday to a $1.96 million architectural and engineering contract with the park's designers, Team McEuen, that should turn the conceptual plan on the 20-acre park into reality.

"You have to have vision and look out into the future to create great communities," said Mike Kennedy, councilman. "I think we should move forward with the project and get it going."

The contract was approved 4 votes to 3 votes, with Mayor Sandi Bloem casting the deciding vote in what's becoming a standard split on the council regarding McEuen Field since new councilmembers Dan Gookin and Steve Adams took their seats in January.

Gookin and Adams won their seats after largely campaigning against how the city handled the park's planning process. Both favored issuing a public advisory vote on the plan. But an advisory vote was denied by the council by the same 4 votes to 3 votes split.

"I haven't been sold on that yet," Gookin said on the community being the driving force in how the park would one day look in light of the November election results. "I don't see this as community driven."

But Kennedy and councilmember Deanna Goodlander pointed to the compromise that's taken place since the original conceptual plan was approved May 24.

The original plan cost around $28 million. The latest version for Phase 1 is expected to cost $14.2 million and leaves the boat launch intact, which was a point of contention in the community when the plan called for its removal. The updated plan also doesn't incorporate Second and Third street redesigns, but does keep the parking structure beneath Front Avenue.

"We gave you direction and said 'Come back with what we can do,'" Goodlander told Parks Director Doug Eastwood. "You've done a good job with that."

The contract retains the designers who have worked on the project since the beginning. Team McEuen was paid $125,000 for the original conceptual design, and $60,300 for site and topography studies on the park. The new contract gives them 300 days to get the construction documents ready to go out to bid. The documents would include providing grading and utility work that would put in the infrastructure footprint for future improvements there.

In February, Lake City Development Corp., the city's urban renewal agency, agreed to fund $11.5 million for the project. Before allocating that money, the agency said it wants to add contingencies to the agreement that would give the board say in exactly where their dollars would go.

LCDC Executive Director Tony Berns said Tuesday the agency was waiting to see if the contract was approved before moving ahead with setting the contingencies.

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18 comments:

  • Thaddeus posted at 6:14 am on Thu, Mar 8, 2012.

    Thaddeus Posts: 232

    Btw concernedidiot, does this Thom character whom you seem to be so enamored with know about your "man crush" for him. I mean don't get me wrong, since it appears that's the way you swing, not my business, but it's really creepy the way you keep trying to stalk him.......... Just sayin'.

     
  • Thaddeus posted at 5:47 am on Thu, Mar 8, 2012.

    Thaddeus Posts: 232

    Thanks for answering the question conceredidiot. You really are that stupid. Now hurry on, you're about to miss the short buss.

     
  • VandalJosh posted at 11:27 pm on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    VandalJosh Posts: 106

    Mike Kennedy is the biggest oxygen thief in town.


    "You have to have vision and look out into the future to create great communities"

     
  • concernedcitizen posted at 7:47 pm on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    I see that "build baby build", I don't even live here, thom still thinks his opinion matters.

     
  • NAS4AH2 posted at 6:19 pm on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    NAS4AH2 Posts: 71

    Not surprised everyone's still in agreement on this one. One of the most crooked situations I've ever witnessed... and that's based only what I'm able to "see"

     
  • bionic man posted at 3:36 pm on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    bionic man Posts: 347

    Think about it, 300 days, the current mayor and jesters will be out of office. And yes, as usual, it will cost us all, however, this "fiasco" will be put to an end. Boycott any and all of the individuals that have voted for this "pink elephant." Corrupt d'alene is live and active and now people are finally getting aware of it. Been going on too long and hopefully it will change soon. Remember, 300 days,for construction documents-by that time Blo-em, KMA-edy, Good-follower and no-importance will be out of office. I'd run for office, but I think all politicians are crocked as lawyers, so why waste time and tax payer money

     
  • CClavin posted at 12:43 pm on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    CClavin Posts: 221

    The inner circle say Kennedy is going to run for Mayor. I hope not, he is going to get voted out along with Woody & Goodlander, they have done zero for the people. We need to start looking for some "Good" candiates that will serve the people.

     
  • aayupp posted at 11:21 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    aayupp Posts: 317

    will this be a rip and read low bid project? a project of this mag. should require a technical approach , and past quals, submitted by all contractors.

     
  • Dan Gookin posted at 11:05 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    Dan Gookin Posts: 729

    Hey Mr. Admin! How can I change my login name to "Steve Gookin"?

     
  • DeNiles posted at 10:12 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    Remember Kennedy's last election fiasco? The man has this decision making power for all of 3 very contested votes. For the want of 3 measly votes millions upon millions of our tax dollars are now headed into a project the citizens clearly want to vote on.

    Make no mistake. These people know exactly what they are doing and exactly why they are doing it as fast as they possibly can. They are political toast but while they still hold sway they will abuse the taxpayers for as much as possible. When you see fresh spit in the street think about these councilmen and your mayor who ride you like beaten mules.

     
  • Thaddeus posted at 8:56 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    Thaddeus Posts: 232

    Build Baby Build!!!!

     
  • chouli posted at 8:48 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    chouli Posts: 1283

    "In February, Lake City Development Corp., the city's urban renewal agency, agreed to fund $11.5 million for the project. Before allocating that money, the agency said it wants to add contingencies to the agreement that would give the board say in exactly where their dollars would go. LCDC Executive Director Tony Berns said Tuesday the agency was waiting to see if the contract was approved before moving ahead with setting the contingencies."

    Any thoughts on what those contingencies might be? Can LCDC add contingencies to our tax $ being funneled to this project? Just when ya think it can't get any worse, it actually can. What sweet deal for Team McEuen. They can charge whatever they want and the City accepts it and approves it. No bids. No competition.

     
  • cdalocal posted at 8:38 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    cdalocal Posts: 126

    Miller/Stauffer Architects and Welch Comer Engineers (AKA "Team McUen") get $2 million for this???

     
  • Ziggy posted at 8:32 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    Ziggy Posts: 1229

    I cannot see how the city can let huge projects without competitive bidding. Also conflict of interest. If an architectural firm were situated near or at a project and tried to bid a contract with the state, they would be disqualified.

     
  • I Carry posted at 8:27 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    I Carry Posts: 525

    "COMMUNITY DRIVEN" is a perfect name for this project!!!! It's being driven right up our backside.
    There was a letter to the editor a few days ago that urged folks to stand and speak out about McKuen. Has anyone heard if something has been started?
    Every shovel of dirt the council turns over might just as well be thrown over our lazy dead souls if the citizens don't at least stand and fight the council.

     
  • Mark on the Park posted at 7:36 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    Mark on the Park Posts: 471

    $2,000,000 / 300 days = ~$6,700 per day to provide blueprints for a park. Seems like a lot of money unless they have 20 individuals working on this one project full time.

     
  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:39 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    kimknerl,

    DITTO!

     
  • kimknerl posted at 6:10 am on Wed, Mar 7, 2012.

    kimknerl Posts: 286

    Said Mike Kennedy, councilman, "I think we should move forward with the project and get it going."

    You have until November 5, 2013, when you Mike, and two other council members along with the Mayor are going to see your days on the City Council coming to an end. But at least you will all have secured your investment futures.

    One more thing,... on your way out, Mike, don't forget to take Tony Berns with you.

     
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