Last updated: October 22. 2013 4:47PM - 1102 Views
By Keith Strange Staff Reporter

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DOBSON — Officials in the town of Dobson are set to sign a contract for the design work on a new park in town, but the town’s Board of Commissioners must first give them the go-ahead.

That action is expected when the board gathers for its monthly meeting Thursday in town hall. The meeting gets under way at 6 p.m.

According to Town Manager Josh Smith, the amount of the contract with Burlington-based Alley, Williams, Carmen & King is $60,000.

“That is a flat fee,” he said earlier this week. “And it’s very close to what we estimated would be the costs.”

The firm will perform architectural, engineering and design work on the project.

The $60,000 fee will include all bidding for the project, construction oversight and design work.

“The construction phase will include everything from pre-construction conferences, progress meetings, drawing review and oversight of the construction process through completion.”

Last month, the Burlington firm won the contract following a visit to a Walkertown park designed by the firm by members of the Dobson board.

Dobson received nine responses from firms from around the state to provide the services, Smith said.

The 2.2 acre park, expected to cost the town around $1 million, is planned for two parcels of land located at the corner of West Atkins and South Crutchfield streets.

The town has secured a $496,000 grant from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Parks and Recreation Trust Fund it will used to fund half the cost.

Smith said that while the costs for the design and architectural work is $60,000, only half of that amount will come from town coffers.

“All fees are reimbursable by the trust fund,” he said. “So in reality, we’re only going to be paying $30,000 for the design work.”

While still in the planning stages, the park is expected to house an interactive fountain, splash pad, playground and walking trails.

In other business, the town board is expected to approve a non-exclusive franchise agreement with the Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Corporation (EMC).

The agreement would allow the EMC to work on equipment located on the town’s property and rights of way without having to approach the town each time for permission, Smith said.

A vote on the agreement is expected after the board punted action last month, giving the EMC time to hammer out an agreement between themselves and Duke Energy. Both utility companies have customers within the town limits.

Smith said the agreement is non-exclusive, meaning it will also allow other entities, like Duke Energy, to use the right of way once permission is granted.

“This isn’t giving them permission to go in and take customers within the town limits, just those customers in Surry-Yadkin’s territory as designated by the utilities commission,” he said. “This doesn’t affect private property owners at all, it only impacts the public rights of way.”

Reach Keith Strange at kstrange@civitasmedia.com or 719-1929.

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