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Foli Park's former concession stand being converted to restrooms

Several construction projects at Plano’s Foli Park were approved by Plano city council members Aug. 28.

Mayor Bob Hausler said the former concession stand at the park is being converted into restrooms, so the city asked for bids to do the work. He also noted that the park is closed while this work is being completed.

On recommendation of Tom Karpus, director of building, planning and zoning, they accepted a bid from Minicks Hometown Plumbing Inc. of Plano to install two toilets, two sinks, a water fountain and all other related materials and labor in the new restrooms.

Their bid was $19,500. The council also accepted a bid of $7,000 from Gatza Electric of Plano to do the electrical work on the new restrooms.

Karpus said he will get a cost for masonry work and installation of doors for the restrooms.

He is estimating the total project cost at $58,600, but is hoping to get better bids to lower the costs.

They previously awarded bids for reroofing, he said.

Foli Park consists of 28.7 acres of wooded park land on South Hale Street with a creek running through it.

Karpus told council members that Devin Carrera of Plano has asked to install roofs over the dugouts on the baseball field at Klatt Park, 750 E. Main St., Plano, as an Eagle Scout project. Karpus said he will bring the plans and cost to the council when complete.

And Karpus received approval from the council to delay accepting bids to construct a splash pad at Lathrop Park, located at Hale and North streets. Two of the four firms that plan to submit bids asked for more time, so the bid opening was moved to Sept. 11.

Karpus said the date for opening bids is not as important as having a larger number of bids to choose from.

Network pact for meter readings

In other news, council members approved a request from Josh Beyer, water superintendent, to accept a proposal and contract from Neptune for a fixed network system to provide water meter readings.

City Attorney Tom Grant said the city did not receive bids for the equipment but did obtain proposals. He said they recommended accepting a proposal from Neptune for $36,500 to provide the equipment. Beyer said the readers will be mounted on two water towers so they can receive water meter readings from throughout the entire city.

Beyer also asked the council to purchase 500 R900 MIU equipment from Water Resources.
“If you don’t buy those, the Neptune readers won’t work,” Grant told council members.

He said they also waived competitive bidding for these items and recommended the council accept Water Resources’ proposal of $55,000 for this equipment.

Hausler said the R900 MIU equipment is mounted outside of each home so it can send the water meter reading to the Neptune equipment mounted on the two water towers. From here the information is forwarded to city hall where water bill are prepared and sent out.

Council members also approved a contract with Hamilton Engineering to observe work being done on non-motor-fuel-tax-funded construction projects for $13,500. Darrin Boyer, director of public works and water reclamation, said he wanted Hamilton Engineering to do the work because there are several locations in the city where they will need some ditch work over some new blacktop road surfaces.

Boyer said there also are some wheelchair-accessible sidewalk locations to be redone. And some coring will be needed in some areas to extend the life of the new asphalt overlay on the roads, he said.

He also asked the council to approve a maintenance agreement contract with Xylem Flygt to provide the annual maintenance of 14 pumps in the water treatment plant and lift stations. Boyer said four are in the lift stations and the others in the treatment plant. Xylem will do the work on all pumps for $4,323, Boyer said.

Purple Heart designation

A request to designate the city as a Purple Heart Trail city came before council members at their Aug. 28 Committee of the Whole meeting.

Rick Gardner, a Vietnam veteran, said he served on the committee to bring the Vietnam Wall to Oswego recently and has since become involved in the movement to designate more areas as Purple Heart trails.

He said the Purple Heart is a combat decoration that is one of the nation’s oldest military medals. The honor was created by Gen. George Washington in 1782 and was known as the Badge of Military Merit, he said. The original badge was made of cloth and was the predecessor of the Purple Heart medal, which was created in 1932 by General Douglas MacArthur. It is awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces who are wounded in battle and to the families of those killed in action, Gardner said.

He said many highways across the nation have been designated Purple Heart Highways and signs of various colors have been installed along these highways showing this.

Gardner said numerous area organizations have become Purple Heart supporters.

Hausler said Gardner’s proclamation will be placed on the agenda for action at the Sept. 11 city council meeting.

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