Board contracts for splash pad design

An agreement  to contract for the design of the Sallisaw Splash Pad was approved Wednesday night by the Sallisaw Board of City Commissioners.

The board agreed to a contract with Planning Design Group (PDG) of Tulsa in the amount of $27,500 to design what will be the Jay Reynolds Park Splash Pad.

Sallisaw City Manager Keith Skelton said PDG worked on the Sports Complex and has designed other splash pads. He said bids will be taken for construction once the design is completed.

Skelton said he is looking at a time frame of two months to get a conceptual design of the splash pad, which will be what he called a run-through system whereby water from the facility would pass through the system and drain into the sewer system or drainage ditch. 

The project is estimated to cost about $300,000 and will be funded with a $149,576 grant , with the city matching the balance of the project with cash. The goal is to have the project completed prior to May 1, 2019.

The grant for the project comes from the Oklahoma Department of Tourism Land, Water Conservation Fund. The city's portion will come out of the Sallisaw Youth and Recreation Fund.

Commissioners approved a purchase order in an amount not to exceed $23,000 to SignalTek, Inc., to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Cherokee Avenue and Maple Street.

Electric Superintendent Blakely Smith said the signals are currently controlled by loops in the roadway that have outlived their useful life,

Smith said the wiring is old and there have been a lot of issues of the lights not operating properly and heavy trucks are tearing up the asphalt.

SignalTek and the city have a signal maintenance agreement where SignalTek maintains all the traffic signals in the city, but the amount that needs to be done on this project is above and beyond that agreement, Skelton said.

The quote from SignalTek includes equipment, materials and labor to replace the above ground and underground traffic signal wire and install a three-camera video detection system.

Commissioners approved a contract with Neel, Harvell and Associates, P.C., for engineering services for two sanitary sewer improvements on Comanche Street and Redwood Lane. The contract is for $22,500.

Skelton said the lines on those two streets have deteriorated to the point that replacement is needed. The contract is for design, construction permit and plans and specifications. The construction work will be bid out to a contractor.

Skelton said the budget estimate for the projects, including engineering is about $94,000 for Redwood Lane and about $85,000 for Comanche Street. He said there is about $284,441 in the Capital Improvement Fund for sewer improvements during Fiscal Year 2019.

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