MWCD Board Highlights from January Meeting
By Barb Bennett
January 23, 2017
Recreation improvements and the MWCD master plan, which is a multi-year $120 million park and marina capital improvement plan, dominated the majority of the agenda at the recent Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District January board meeting. Engineering design contracts and construction bid results were approved for ten different projects located at all five MWCD parks at Atwood, Charles Mill, Pleasant Hill, Seneca and Tappan lakes. In addition, new docks will be bid, purchased and operational in time for the 2017 recreational season at select locations at Atwood, Seneca, Tappan, and Piedmont lakes. Lastly, the board approved advertising for bid for ten new rental pontoon boats for use at Clendening, Piedmont and Seneca marinas.
Highlights of board action include the following:
Atwood Lake Park
- Heard the bid and award of contract for a sanitary sewer project serving Atwood Lake Park campsites went to Tuscon, Inc of New Philadelphia for $229,721.72 which was 42% below the engineer’s estimate. Fourteen contractors bid on the project.
- Authorized entering into a final engineering design contract with Woolpert, Inc from Dayton for $402,590.00 for plans for 106 full hookup RV campsites including new restroom/shower house, roadway relocation, drainage improvements, utility upgrades and a new dump station at Camp Area A.
Charles Mill Lake Park
- Authorized entering into a final engineering design contract with EDG for $186,854 for plans for renovation and upgrades to the northern part of the main campground including 91 full hookup RV campsites, a new pre-fabricated restroom/shower house, utility upgrades and renovation of an existing restroom/shower building.
- Authorized entering into a final engineering design contract with EDG for $213,679 for plans for sewer and water to serve Eagle Point and the main campground. The project includes a new wastewater treatment plant; 1,500 feet of gravity sanitary sewer; 3,100 of force mains; a new water treatment plant; and 5,500 of new water lines.
Pleasant Hill Lake Park
- Heard the bid and award of contract for the Park Area 22 project went to Shrock Premier Custom Construction, LLC of Loudonville for $2,876,024.35 which was 15% below the engineer’s estimate. Six companies bid on the project which includes construction of 59 new full hookup RV campsites, a prefabricated restroom/shower house, picnic shelter and playground.
- Authorized entering into a final engineering design contract with Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. for $245,000.00 for plans for 43 full hookup RV sites at Camp Area C and renovations to an existing restroom/shower house at Camp Area A which adds a family restroom and laundry facilities along with interior and exterior renovations.
Seneca Lake Park
- Heard the bid and award of contract for demolition and site preparation work for a new beach concession facility went to Brannon Contracting and Maintenance Services, LLC from Duncan Falls for $303,261.60 which was 14% below the engineer’s estimate. Four companies bid on the project.
- Heard the bid and award of contract for a sanitary sewer pump station and 11,500 feet of force main went to Border Patrol, LLC of Richmond for $941,338.73 which was 17% below the engineer’s estimate. Nine companies bid on the project.
Tappan Lake Park
- Authorized staff to advertise, bid and award a contract for 76 new full hookup RV campsites near the park beach including utilities, a pre-fabricated restroom building, two picnic shelters, two playgrounds and a paved walking trail to connect amenities. The engineer’s estimate for construction is $5,750,000.00.
- Authorized staff to advertise, bid and award a contract for improvements to the existing waste water treatment plant on the east side of the park. The engineer’s estimate is $1,060,000.
- Authorized entering into a final engineering design contract with DLZ, Inc from Columbus for $425,000.00 for plans for redevelopment of existing Campground Area 2 for 66 full hookup RV campsites, a pre-fabricated restroom building.
- Approved adding three full-time Ranger positions to serve Seneca, Charles Mill and Pleasant Hill Lake Parks, bringing the total of the full time MWCD Ranger force to 28.
- Authorized purchase of playground structures for Pleasant Hill Park Area 22 and Tappan Park East Campground for $150,000.00 from GameTime through the US Communities cooperative purchasing contract.
- Heard construction of the Charles Mill and Leesville South Fork public boat launch ramps will be completed this spring
- Heard the Asset Purchase Agreement for Leesville Petersburg Marina is being finalized and should close in January. This will transfer the marina to MWCD ownership. An operator agreement with the owner of Leesville South Fork Marina is in negotiations and will be brought to the board for review and approval.
- Approved a Land Use Agreement with Antero to allow a portion of a well pad to be constructed on MWCD property at Seneca reservoir. Approved land use includes tree removal, geotechnical testing, and partial pad construction on 20.7 acres. Well heads and production tanks will remain on private property and outside of MWCD property limits.
- Heard a status report of the MWCD staff Trails Blueprint Team and efforts to identify existing trail systems and partners to chart out priorities for trail connections throughout the 18 county District.
The next regularly scheduled MWCD Board meeting is on Friday, February 17 at 9:00 am at the Kent State Tuscarawas Science and Technology Center.
About the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District
The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, the largest wholly contained watershed in the State of Ohio. The District includes 18 counties and covers 8,000 square miles which is 20% of the state. The District’s 16 reservoirs and dams have been credited for saving an estimated $11.9 billion of potential property damage from flooding, per the federal government. In addition, over 5.5 million customers a year use the District’s recreational facilities throughout Eastern Ohio which bolsters the region’s economy and augments the quality of life for Ohio’s residents. For more information about the MWCD visit www.mwcd.org.
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