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Basin project proceeding to park design phase

PRESCOTT VALLEY - Johansen Construction Inc. of Prescott Valley completed work Friday on a storm-water detention basin at Long Look and Loos drives north of the Civic Center, and the town is proceeding with the park design phase.

Johansen expected to complete the $400,000 project in early July, Kim Moon, capital projects coordinator for the Prescott Valley Public Works Department said. However, the town agreed to extend the project until this month because Johansen had problems getting riprap and concrete.

The project involved converting a weed-infested field into a detention basin that collects water from construction work along Glassford Hill Road, Moon previously said. Culverts in turn will take the runoff to a greenbelt along Viewpoint Drive.

The contractor seeded the slopes, and dirt lines the bottom of the basin. The park's future bathrooms and parking lot will be on top while the regulation-size playing field will be on the bottom.

The phase the Town Council will move on to focuses on park amenities, according to Moon. The council plans to consider a $60,000 contract with Civiltec Engineering Inc. of Prescott when it meets on Sept. 27.

"The typical process for a capital project is you have a design firm, and you select your firm on qualifications," not based on which company submits the lowest bid, Moon said.

Civiltec will determine the construction schedule as the engineering firm does the design work, Moon said.

Civiltec civil engineer Jack Richardson, a former Prescott Valley employee for 17 years, said his company is "very excited" to do the park project.

"We enjoy working on these park projects," he said. "We were part of the design team for the Viewpoint Park, and we are on the team for the park in the city of Prescott, the Rosser-Blooming Hills Park" off Rosser St.

Richardson said he is working with BMA Architects, Planners & Landscape Architects of Prescott Valley on landscaping the future park site.

The park project will cost an approximately $350,000, including the design work, Moon said. She added that she expects the town to go out to bid in December, with the successful contractor beginning

work no sooner than February.

"I think our goal would be to have it done before the end of the fiscal year" June 30, 2008, Moon said.

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