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Park district accepts contractor for boardwalk project

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Revised rules and regulations also approved

By Sandy Barnes

Park district selects contractor for boardwalk project

Revised rules and regulations also approved

 

By Sandy Barnes

Staff Writer

After debating bids on a boardwalk project at Evergreen Lake Park, district board members chose Bear Excavating, a Conifer contractor currently working at Wulf Park.

The project involves replacing 250 feet of deteriorating boardwalk around the lake at a cost of $84,937, according to the Bear estimate.

“They come with good references and are close to us for repairs and warranty,” Scott Robson, executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, said during his presentation at the May 28 board meeting.

“They are $14,000 and one week longer” than the second runner-up, added Robson.

Although Double Tree of Trinidad offered the lowest bid and promised to complete the project sooner than Bear Excavating, Robson said he had concerns about the company’s location.

“I do have some worries about working with a company that far away,” said Robson. “You’re paying a premium to have a level of certainty.”

Board members Peter Lindquist, Kit Darrow and Mark Footer supported Robson’s recommendation with their votes.

“I feel like you’re asking for a problem,” Lindquist said of Double Tree’s location in southern Colorado.

However, EPRD board members Janet Heck Doyle and Andrew Adamowski voted against using Bear Excavating because of the company’s higher bid and longer time frame for completion of the boardwalk project.

“It’s a sensitive project,” remarked Footer.

The park district board was in harmony about the adoption of a set of rules and regulations for its parks.

After reviewing recommended changes, the board voted unanimously for the list of rules designed to mirror those of Jefferson County Open Space and Denver Mountain Parks.

The rules and regulations include dusk-to-dawn curfews at district parks, leash and cleanup requirements for canines, and restrictions on open burning at picnic sites.

“Who enforces these?” asked Footer.

“It’s a great question,” replied Robson. “It depends on what rule you’re talking about.”

Park staff can ask disruptive people to leave, he said.

“We make the first point of contact,” said Robson.

Enforcement then falls on the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, he said.

“They have the legal authority.”

Robson said he is also planning to train park district staff to educate the public about the rules.

“We need to increase staff training,” he said.

While not all 32 rules will be posted, pertinent ones will be placed on signs in district parks, Robson said.

 

Community survey plans

The EPRD is planning a community survey to gauge the interests and concerns of district residents, said Robson.

“This is a visible, important project,” he remarked.

To start the process, the staff has issued requests for proposals and received eight in reply, said Robson.

“Our first step is to move into scoring of firms,” he said. “Each firm is proposing a methodology.”

The survey could either be conducted through phone interviews or by mailing forms to residents, Robson said.

“I would highly recommend a phone survey,” said board member Kit Darrow.

With a mail-in survey, the respondent has to be willing and able to sit down, fill it out and mail it, she said.

Doyle suggested that the survey could be done with a combination of phone and mail-in forms.

The board is expected to revisit the matter at a future meeting.

At the beginning of the meeting, the park board voted on a new slate of officers, choosing newcomer Adamowski to serve as president.

Board member Peter Lindquist expressed disappointment with the decision, stating that he was hoping to be selected as president to replace Footer.

 

Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com or call 303-350-1042.