Splash park closer to complete

The final pieces of what will be the Scioto County Splash Park, located inside Earl Thomas Conley Park in West Portsmouth are coming together with the Scioto County Commissioners awarding a nearly $200,000 bid to build a multi-purpose building.

The commissioners sought bids to build a multi-purpose building in Earl Thomas Conley Park in West Portsmouth that is anticipated to house restrooms, concession stand, and storage capability.

Initially, the commissioners received an engineer’s estimate to construct the facility, the estimate came in at $190,000. The commissioners wanted to reexamine the scope of the project to cut down on expense.

Scioto County Commissioner Mike Crabtree said the commissioners did not take action on the item because they were not comfortable with the engineers estimate of $190,000. The county was aiming to spend $100,000 on the building.

“The engineers estimate for the concession stand came in a little more than what we expected, considerably more than what we expected,” Crabtree said.

Scioto County Commissioner Bryan Davis said a $190,000 concession stand would be, “the Taj Mahal of concession stands.”

Crabtree, Davis and Scioto County Commissioner Cathy Coleman agreed the price was too high and they would work to find ways to lower the cost down.

After the scope was adjusted, the commissioners sought bids for the job.

The commissioners received five bids,

Mullins Construction Co. – $215,865

Emnett Construction – $237,400

Distil Contruction – $260,646

CTB Construction Managers Inc. – $319,602

Solid Rock Construction – $189,439.95

The commissioners were anticipated on Thursday to officially award the contract to Solid Rock Construction.

The commissioners have said the construction of the multipurpose building was one of the last remaining steps before the spring opening of the splash park.

The commissioners received $250,000 from the state in the capital improvement budget. In total, the project is anticipated to cost roughly $426,000.

It was decided earlier this year before the park would open it would be dedicated in the name of the late Scioto County Commissioner Doug Coleman. While in office, Coleman was an advocate for the construction of the park.

Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933 or @WayneAllenPDT on Twitter