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Council approves park contracts

The Chino Valley Town Council voted unanimously Thursday night to approve three contracts involving Community Center Park.

Two of the contracts go to BMA Architects, Planners & Landscape Architects of Prescott Valley. One contract, called a professional service agreement, calls for paying BMA as much as $49,000 for construction services and management of the park rehabilitation project.

The second contract with BMA involves paying the firm as much as $12,470 for designing the northern portion of the park, located on Perkinsville Road and Road 1 East. In November, town staff contacted BMA officials about developing plans for an amphitheater, trail system with ramadas, pavilion and other features.

In a separate action, the council awarded as much as $18,545 to Tempe-based Versar Inc. for engineering and construction management for the Chino Valley pool, which will be built in an aquatic center at the park.

The town will pay for the three contracts from its municipal bond program.

The council approved the items without discussion. However, Town Attorney Cathy Knapp advised the council to take the three items off the consent agenda because she made minor changes in the contracts.

Council members on Jan. 27 awarded a $2.4 million to Low Mountain Construction of Phoenix to build the aquatics center.

Low Mountain crews began excavating the pool site two weeks ago, John Willoughby, interim parks and recreation director, said after the meeting.

Willoughby said drawings for the park rehabilitation project are almost done, adding the town plans to advertise for bids. The project will involve ball fields, parking spaces and buildings housing concessions and park maintenance buildings.

He anticipated that work on the project will start in six weeks and be completed in late September.

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