Next Vote May Commit More Funding for Riverfront
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - During Tuesday's Paducah City Commission meeting, Mayor Kaler and the City Commissioners introduced an ordinance for Change Order #2 with MAC Construction & Excavating, Inc. for the Riverfront Redevelopment Project Phase I-A.
The change order covers three items: the length extension for the 12 steel guide structures/pilings, the retaining of barges during a temporary project shutdown, and the shutting down of the project including slope stabilization. The total cost for the change order is $314,428.82 increasing the City’s original $4.49 million contract with MAC to a little more than $4.8 million. The $265,000 that the Commission allocated to the project in August plus an additional $50,000 will be used to cover the change order amount.
The City’s original contract with MAC was for the installation of 316,550 tons of rock to create the base of a park adjacent to Schultz Park and the installation of 12 guide structures/pilings to support a future gangway. This summer, MAC informed the City that for stability, the guide structures/pilings needed to be extended and driven deeper.
In August, to prepare for this change order, the City approved transferring $265,000 from the General Fund to the Riverfront Project Account to cover the additional work. This change order shows that the cost to drive the pilings deeper and the additional steel totaled $192,428.82.
Also, in August MAC completed the installation of the 316,550 tons of stone fill; however, the project was not at its designed height. Until the contractor received the approval to move forward, a charge of $6000 per day was placed on the City to reserve the barges that had been delivering the rock. The City accrued a week of charges totaling $42,000 which is included in this change order. The final piece of the change order is the orderly shutdown of the project and the slope stabilization. Since the project is not at its designed height, MAC needed to do additional grading and slope work to stabilize the project. The change order includes $80,000 for this work bringing the total change order amount to nearly $315,000. Commissioner Sandra Wilson says, “We are protecting our investment that we have made so far.”
At this time, the project is in a review phase with the Paducah Riverfront Redevelopment Authority (PRDA) board in charge of taking a comprehensive look at the project. The board, led by Chairman Bruce Brockenborough, will review the project taking a look at the initial objectives outlined in the Riverfront Master Plan in addition to grant funding and existing engineering conditions. The board will then review permit requirements and the limitations and feasibility associated with the grants. The board’s ultimate goal is to make a recommendation on the best way to move forward. The majority of this phase of the riverfront project is funded by a $2.97 million Neighborhood Initiative Project Grant by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Information provided by Pam Spencer, City Information Officer.