GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis officials are considering the next steps of a waterfront project once the state government returns approval of construction plans.
“The state still has our prints,” Gallipolis City Manager Gene Greene said. “There will be a gentleman from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources coming down May 5 and he wants to meet and just kind of look over the whole project and get an idea of what we’re going to do and also look into maybe helping us with the boat dock. That would be the next grant, which we would call phase 3. It’s a federal grant.”
Greene said that once municipal officials get the prints back, they would likely move quickly to get the project bid the following week.
“They did have a question on the boat ramp and they wanted grooves cut in the lodging area,” Greene said. “So that’s not a problem. We’ll do that.”
According to Greene, it is standard procedure to choose bids and then have a pre-bid meeting with a chosen contractor where a schedule would be worked out for the project. Greene said that if he has his way, he would like to have the waterfront project under way in the fall of 2016.
Officials previously had problems with contractors taking bids for two separate projects related with the waterfront.
In Phase One, Gallipolis was awarded a $98,500 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Deadline for completion was June 30, 2016. The previous plan was to have this completed by October, but what officials ran into when they did the advertisements for bid in June (2015) is they had lesser interest in the project for the amount of money. Officials credited the economy (from a few years ago) having changed. They believed in 2008 and 2009, people were hungrier. They were willing to go out and take on a project at a lower cost. Officials then decided to see if they could combine grants and plans.
City officials said ODNR also awarded a grant in the amount of around $1 million for a “cooperative boating facility.” The project’s original deadline was to use funds by Dec. 1 of this year. ODNR allowed grants to be combined.
Part of plans for the waterfront include an amphitheater designed as an oval and placed at one end of the project has since been redesigned and made to face parallel to the river. This allows for the potential expansion of seating in the future. Seating will be constructed into the riverbank and the stage will be closer to the water. City officials anticipate a concrete pad to be poured that will allow for temporary stage structures for public shows and events. Concrete seating will be poured in a series of steps roughly with a depth of three feet and a height of two feet.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.