Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sun Valley approves $220,000 wall

Council also allocates funds for bike path


    The Sun Valley City Council voted unanimously Thursday, May 15, to accept a $220,000 bid from All Seasons Landscaping to reconstruct the Sinclair Path Wall, located adjacent to the Sinclair gas station on Trail Creek Road.
    Bids came in ranging from All Seasons’ $220,000 bid to a high bid of $447,000. The original estimate for rebuilding the wall with modular materials was $141,000. The council expressed concern that the estimate was off by such a large amount. City Administrator Susan Robertson had responded to this concern at a May 1 meeting, in which she said that “we didn’t realize it would be such a costly endeavor.” She called it an “unusual construction project.”
    The City Council discussed building a “crib lock wall” for about $60,000 less. However, Sun Valley Community Development director Mark Hofman objected to that plan.
    “The city of Sun Valley should rise to a certain aesthetic level,” he said. “We are trying to set a high aesthetic standard that the crib wall would not meet; it would not meet the threshold of aesthetics that we are trying to implement here.”
    Councilman Peter Hendricks said he “had a problem with so much money being spent on aesthetics in such a tight fiscal year.” Councilman Franz Suhadolnik was also worried about spending $60,000 extra of taxpayers’ money on the modular wall.
    Nevertheless, Robertson said that $250,000 is available from the Sun Valley Street and Path Fund to meet the costs of rebuilding the wall.
    All Seasons President Mark Martens assured the council that the wall reconstruction could be completed by Labor Day.
    Meanwhile, concurring that the Trail Creek Bike Path was in “terrible condition,” the City Council also approved a $145,900 bid from Idaho Sand and Gravel to repair the path. The vote was unanimous.

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