The Hastings City Council rejected two construction bids for a restroom at Fish Hatchery Park which came in at $131,000 from McGraw Construction and $105,821.18 from Pel Construction, well above the $75,000 budgeted for the project. And that does not include removal of the tennis courts that are also part of the project.
Deputy City Manager Jerry Czarnecki, who is also acting director of the DPS, said they will seek bids for removing the asphalt tennis courts by milling and keep the millings for other projects instead of city employees breaking it up and hauling the chunks away.
Czarnecki said they will also take bids to repair the roof on the other restroom there because it is in bad shape. If the bid comes in less than budgeted, they will take the money they don’t use this year, add the $65,000 planned for improvements next year, re-engineer the project and move forward, he said.
The city is in talks with Spectrum Health Pennock regarding the use of 75 lots in the park for their parking with Spectrum resurfacing the entire lot as part of the agreement. If that comes about, Czarnecki said they want to have the tennis courts done first to prevent using heavy equipment on a new surface. He will bring the bids back to the council for approval.
Also Monday, the council accepted a $35,000 donation with thanks from the Baum Family Foundation for improvements at Thornapple Plaza, including the installation of a LED sign with changing messages, like the one at Cook Road, a new water heater and awning at the concession stand window.
And, Clerk/Treasurer Jane Saurman said she is very pleased that eight people have stepped forward to be election workers during the May 7 Hastings School’s millage election. “For us, that’s a major thing,” she said. The workers will take training from the county and city before the election.