DOBSON — With a unanimous vote, the Dobson Board of Commissioners has selected the firm that will design the planned Dobson Square Park.
The action came as the board met Thursday night in Town Hall.
During the meeting, Town Manager Josh Smith told the board that he has been in contact with multiple representatives of Burlington-based Alley, Williams, Carmen & King, and is confident they are the right firm for the job.
“I’ve met with both the principal and primary engineers and after the meeting have asked them to prepare an agreement,” he told the board.
That agreement calls for a flat $60,000 fee for design, bidding and construction oversight of the 2.2 acre park planned for the intersection of South Crutchfield and West Atkins streets.
“The fee of $60,000 is right on our estimate,” Smith said. “They could have used a percentage of the total cost for the project, but they chose to base it on a flat fee.”
Smith noted that the town has secured a grant worth $498,000 from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, which will fund half of the firm’s fee.
The park is expected to house an interactive fountain, splash pad, playground and walking trails.
According to Smith, the design work is expected to be finalized sometime this fall, with the project going to bid for a construction firm in February.
“They hope to get started right at that point, with a preliminary completion date of fall, 2014,” Smith said.
The contract was approved on a motion by Commissioner Todd Dockery with a second by Commissioner John Lawson.
In other business, after tabling action on a proposed non-exclusive franchise agreement with the Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) last month, the board unanimously voted to approve the agreement Thursday night.
The approved agreement allows the EMC to work on its equipment on town property without having to approach the town for approval every time, Smith told the board.
“It’s simply a formalization of (the EMC’s) ability to lay lines or undertake utility work within town rights of way or easements,” he said. “This allows them to work without receiving specific permission every time.”
The agreement was approved on a motion by Lawson with a second by Dockery.
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