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Team McEuen: Sign the contract

ACI Northwest could begin construction work later this month

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Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 12:15 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Team McEuen is recommending the city contract with ACI Northwest Inc., to begin construction work on McEuen Field.

The $1.16 million contract for parking lot and excavation work is the lowest of the four bids the city received, and around $440,000 less than the $1.56 million the city had originally estimated.

"We have reviewed the bid packages received and they all seem to be responsive," Phil Boyd, Welch-Comer president and Team McEuen park design member, wrote the Coeur d'Alene City Council. "We recommend the city immediately begin processing contracts with" ACI.

The contract calls for putting in a parking lot south of City Hall, as well as excavating McEuen Field. While the parking lot portion of the project would be the first step toward turning dirt on McEuen Field's redesign, it would not encompass the entire park project. The bulk of the estimated $14 million park project would go to bid later.

But if ACI is awarded the contract, the company could begin work this month and that would mark the first time dirt has moved on the controversial reconstruction project that has been a highly polarizing topic since it was announced nearly two years ago.

The City Council has been divided on the McEuen Field project for the entire year. Almost every vote tied to the project ends four to three, with Mayor Sandi Bloem casting the deciding vote in favor of the project nearly every time.

The contract will go before the City Council at 6 tonight in the Community Room of the Coeur d'Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave. It's scheduled on the consent calendar with a number of other items, but City Councilman Dan Gookin said he will make a motion to pull the topic off the consent calendar so it can be discussed on its own.

He said he plans on make a motion suggesting every McEuen Field issue be scheduled at council as its own topic.

The basketball court and playground at McEuen Field will remain intact until next spring, according to city staff reports. If the contract is awarded, work around the base of Tubbs Hill will begin this month, while parking at the Third Street lot will be reduced during construction. Parking at the lower City Hall lot won't be available, either.

Osprey nests will be protected until they leave around the end of September, and the city is also considering installing a web cam of the project for citizens to view, reports state.

Coeur d'Alene-based ACI's bid is around $300,000 less than MDM Construction's $1.45 million bid. Knife River Inc. estimated it could do the project for $1.48 million and S & L Underground estimated it would cost $1.64 million.

Other City Council business

• Also scheduled is a public hearing on the fiscal year 2012 budget amendments. The amendments show the actual budget at $81 million, up from the $77.9 million estimate the city budgeted at the beginning of the fiscal year.

The amended budget states that the general fund is $30.7 million, up from the estimated $29.6 million.

The fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

• The council will also consider entering into a contract with The Omega Group Software Company for $51,300 to provide software to enable the department its crime analysis unit. The department received the money from a federal grant allocated by the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security.

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  • Ziggy posted at 1:17 pm on Mon, Aug 27, 2012.

    Ziggy Posts: 1295

    I can't imagine using a creepy underground parking facility. Think how creepy the Parkade in Spokane is and it's above ground with natural light coming in during daylight hours and it's creepy. An underground parking facility will need security. Cameras won't do any good; but the time the police get there, the person is either robbed or dead.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 8:00 am on Sun, Aug 26, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530


    We have some really dumb people that believe this is ONLY going to cost $14 million dollars. I guess the money for the "EQUAL OR BETTER" boat ramp and ball fields are just going to fall from the sky just like UR money.

  • cdasfuture posted at 11:07 am on Thu, Aug 23, 2012.

    cdasfuture Posts: 123

    Am I correct in thinking the only way they are able to begin leveling McEuen Field now is because they have successfully connived to remove the baseball field to one of the softball fields at Ramsey by spending how many thousands of dollars to make it "equal or better"....but will use it only for the two years it will take to build the astro-turf one on 15th...and then, if they wish, they may begin using the new field there when it is completed in 2014???

    It is obvious they need to begin levelling it now, because the 4 responsible for all of this know that Nov. 2013 is nearing....and they cannot wait until the REAL "EQUAL OR BETTER" is built to have their way.

  • xgtevzfyr posted at 8:15 pm on Wed, Aug 22, 2012.

    xgtevzfyr Posts: 12

    Why do the people not get a say? That amount of money wasted on something that isn't needed is a slap in our faces. This is Not what the land was intended for. The city officials disgust me. Revamp the parking, the boat launch, and update the park for the people who live here. Not for the tourist and not for financial gain. The recession is real, apparently the it hasn't hit home for the mayor or city council. Stop spending money on unneeded, unwanted BS. You are ruining our town.

  • charliek60 posted at 11:01 pm on Tue, Aug 21, 2012.

    charliek60 Posts: 204

    free dirt ?

  • Jill Heine posted at 4:34 pm on Tue, Aug 21, 2012.

    Jill Heine Posts: 408

    ACI of Kroc 'Bull fame?
    What about bidding with integrity?

    glad I'm not on the hook for tax payback to the favored few.

  • cmmama posted at 12:23 pm on Tue, Aug 21, 2012.

    cmmama Posts: 11

    Cda resident 15 years, p.o'd that I have to pay for a new park, when the old one is great and there is NOTHING wrong with it. P.O'd that I cannot launch on a lake in a city that I live in without a ridiculous fee. P.O'd that the "city" is going to take out the boat launch and leave 2 to launch at that are always full with out of state people. P.O'd that teachers are loosing jobs and schools are cutting funding but yet we have $14 million extra dollars to build a parking structure that isn't needed. P.O'd that downtown has fancy bus stops with art structures all around but if you go north of Appleway bus patrons don't even have a bench to sit on. THANK YOU POLITICIANS for making me want to sell my house and move, as I cannot see spending my tax money on such worthless unneeded B.S.

  • DeNiles posted at 9:48 am on Tue, Aug 21, 2012.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    Hmmmm.......... any clauses in that 'low-bid' contract for cost overruns?

  • LONEWOLFMP posted at 9:14 am on Tue, Aug 21, 2012.

    LONEWOLFMP Posts: 46

    IMHO....the parking lot needed to the new parking area design would be nice change. The baseball fields should have been integrated into the plan, at least keep one of them and update it. Would have been nice to get some volleyball courts...but it seems more catered to the little kids now instead of big kids...

  • mister d posted at 9:02 am on Tue, Aug 21, 2012.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    Sign the contract and end your political career. Your reputations have already been damaged and your legecy one of disregard for the public wishes. How much money is it going to take to turn this back into a community park vs a tourist treat.

  • Betrayer of Hope posted at 8:16 am on Tue, Aug 21, 2012.

    Betrayer of Hope Posts: 135

    Still haven't heard one SPECIFIC reason from any of the "progressives" as to WHY McCuen needs redoing....

    Calling it an "eye sore" or "out of date" does not constitute specific things wrong with the park.

  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:58 am on Tue, Aug 21, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    Of course they did. The self servers know they will be gone next election.

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