By Katie Dahlstrom
Herald Staff Writer
City officials are pursuing the postponed 25th Avenue North courtesy dock project using a fund that had been previously overlooked.
According to Interim City Administrator Jessica Kinser, the city can pay for the $85,000 courtesy dock using the other parks improvement fund.
“This is an improvement to an area where we haven’t traditionally considered this a park,” Kinser said to City Services Committee members Wednesday. “It’s basically a place where people go to recreate and I consider that a park.”
The fund has a $172,259 balance because of a park that was sold in South Clinton in fiscal year 2007.
In addition to the money in the other parks improvement fund, the city could use some of the $325,000 it recently received in Vision Iowa reimbursements, or a combination of both.
The dock will be north of the boat ramp. The plans also include a sidewalk from the ramp to the dock.
City Attorney Jeff Farwell said he believed the project would attract more people to use the 25th Avenue North ramp, relieving some of the stress off the Ninth Avenue North boat ramp and helping with fishing tournaments.
“The thing that actually holds up the use of this ramp is because there’s no courtesy dock,” Farwell said. “People fishing with runabouts and nice bass boats don’t want to use it because they have to bring the boat back in and ground that out either on the ramp, concrete or the gravel and mess up the bottom of the boat and they don’t want to do that.”
The design for the courtesy dock was approved by the city in 2009. But when the project went out for bid, the bid returned higher than anticipated, causing the city to mothball the project.
With a readily available funding source in mind, the committee moved the item to the Committee of the Whole for discussion. If the COW approves it, a public hearing would need to be held to accept bids.
Because the planning, design and engineering work is already complete, the process to complete the project would not be long. If it went out for bid in April or May, City Engineer Jason Craft predicted it could be finished by the end of summer or early fall.