Cost of fixing issues could run an extra $154,000
Stallings may need an extra $154,000 to move ahead with the second phase of its park renovation on Stallings Road.
Earlier this month, Town Manager Brian Matthews told council members that Site Solutions, a Charlotte-based engineering and design firm, had detected some problems while creating plans for the first phase of improvements for the park at 340 Stallings Road. Plans for containing stormwater for the first phase barely meet the town’s ordinances, and the town will have to invest extra work to adequately contain runoff before proceeding with the second phase.
“We’re only a few percentage points under (the amount of stormwater allowed) and would certainly go over” during Phase Two, Site Solutions Vice President Phillip Hobbs told the town council Mondya, Oct. 25. “If you want to construct Phase Two, you will have to make adjustments.”
The problem, Hobbs said, comes from a drainage area that flows from Monroe Road and feeds into the park. If a heavy rain came through the area, it could potentially trigger flooding.
“Why wasn’t this caught months ago?” Mayor Pro Tem Wyatt Dunn asked, pointing out the drainage problem has existed for years.
“When we design a park, we focus on Phase One,” Hobbs said, adding the town only paid Site Solutions to design the first phase. As part of that design, he said, the group did some preliminary work on Phase Two for Stallings Municipal Park and developed a flood study.
“If we don’t do this now, we’ll end up undermining some of the work we’ve done in Phase One,” Hobbs said. In the end, the town might have to make repairs for Phase Two by tearing up portions of the park.
The town originally set aside a $1.5 million budget for Stallings Municipal Park improvements. On Monday, Oct. 25, the board voted unanimously to add $154,000 to cover the additional costs. However due to economic conditions and built-in contingencies, officials may yet return part of that money to the general fund.
The $1.5 million budget has $60,000 in contingency funds.
“It’s possible the (construction) bids could come in lower,” Stallings Mayor Lynda Paxton said.