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Ground broken Friday for Eagles Bluff project
CANNELTON - Ground has been broken and construction is under way on the restroom building-welcome center at Eagles Bluff Park. An official groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday afternoon but two days earlier, the Perry County Parks and Recreation Board advanced plans for building a shelter house at the park.
The board received earlier an $11,400 grant from the Perry County Community Foundation for building the shelter house and is purchasing a kit for the shelter for $4,000 from Penn Products.
Perry County Recreation Director Dan Adams said it will be like the shelter at Derby's Mulzer Park.
The board has arranged for a prison crew from Branchville Correctional Facility to erect the shelter for free. But first the site must be leveled and a 20- by 30-foot concrete pad poured for it.
The board received two bids for that project, one for $3,150 from M&R Backhoe and one for $2,900 from Traylor Construction.
"I know both of their work and both are competent," said board president Edd Ransom. "But if we ask for bids, it's hard not to accept the low bid unless there are extenuating circumstances."
The board voted unanimously to accept the Traylor Construction bid. That will leave $4,500 from the Perry County Community Foundation grant for purchasing roofing materials and possibly picnic tables for the shelter house, noted Ransom.
Adams told the board that Craftsman Construction Co. has been at Eagles Bluff Park for "a couple weeks," starting to clear the area for the restroom building project.
That project also includes installing utilities, erecting a new retainer wall and fence, and repaving the parking lot and part of the road to the park, which overlooks the Cannelton Locks and Dam.
Under terms of Craftsman's contract, the company has until November to complete the project. But Adams said he expects it to be finished before then.
The board plans to construct the shelter house while the other construction project is going on so the park can reopen when both projects are done. Adams said the park will be closed during the construction.
Adams said he and Ransom plan to meet with project architect Carl Conner of Conner & Associates next Tuesday to discuss some minor changes the contractor wants to make in the project.
Craftsman's masonry subcontractor wants to substitute a different kind of glazed blocks for the inside walls of the restroom building, saying they are the same quality but are in stock while the other type will take six weeks to get, reported Adams.
Craftsman also proposed changing the tempered glass fence on the overlook deck to another material, as "he thinks the glass rail will be a maintenance nightmare," said Adams.
Board member Dan Peter, who owns his own construction company, said tempered glass can't break and has virtually no maintenance. He noted it is used in school construction projects.
Ransom said the glass fence was originally specified to give park visitors in wheelchairs an unobstructed view from the overlook.
Board member Pat Clark said, "I'm in favor of staying with what we have," and the rest of the board seemed to concur.