Wickliffe – The Fort Jefferson Trails Project Committee held their meeting at City Hall to discuss the bids that have been received. According to Clay Robinson, PLS of Civil Design Group based in Paducah, KY, five bids were submitted to perform the work for the Ft Jefferson Trails Project (FJTP). Per Robinson, the bids included work for dirt work, pouring 176 yards of concrete for a pathway, electrical lighting for the path as well some heavy duty benches, picnic tables, garbage cans and a transit shelter. Robinson continued by saying that the transit shelter is open on all four sides with a roof, similar to a bus stop shelter. The transit shelter will be large enough to house a picnic table Robinson explained further.
David Phillips, who is in charge of the six member committee, consisting of the Wickliffe City Council Members, stated, “What we want to do is as much labor ourselves.” Phillips was referencing the concrete work as well as installing lights for the pathway. According to Robinson, the portion amount of the lowest bid pertaining to forming, placing the expansion joints, pouring 176 yards of concrete with switchbacks and landings costs between $17,000 and $18,000. City Maintenance Supervisor Guy Johnson informed the Committee that he and the City workers can do all the concrete work as well as the lighting. This will save some of the expense for Wickliffe’s contribution of the FJTP. Mark Davis of the Purchase Area Development District (PADD) concurred with Johnson that wages only for the City workers will be allowed, no benefits allowed. Johnson also stated that the City’s equipment such as the back hoe and city trucks will have a standard rate for usage. Davis informed the committee that he would look into what the dollar rate amount is for equipment use. Phillips stated that the city cannot do the dirt work.
It was determined that Robinson would set up a meeting with the lowest bidder, The Fort Jefferson Trails Project Committee, Mark Davis of the Purchase Area Development District and City Maintenance Supervisor Guy Johnson for Monday, September 23, 2013 9 am at Wickliffe City Hall.