EVART — The cost of adding water and sanitary lines to the location of a proposed spray park was unexpectedly high.

However, Evart City Council members quickly shook off any sticker shock at their meeting Monday evening to move forward with seeking bids for the needed infrastructure design to construct a spray park at Riverside Park West.

Council members were told by John Tanner, project manager, almost 700 feet of water and sanitary lines are needed to reach a lift station and then 400 additional feet of lines would need to go to the proposed location of the spray park.

The inclusion of those lines would cost the city an additional $100,000 to $115,000 more than what was originally planned.

"Our contribution with the design work would be $9,700 and our total cost would be about $21,000," said City Manager Zack Szakacs, noting there are grant funds available for the spray park itself. "Now, (our portion) will increase by at least $100,000."

The city manager said there is money available, if the council chooses to move forward, from the sewer and water funds.

"Every month these accumulate more," he said. "We're not spending money; we're trying to grow accounts and have been sitting on this for almost two years."

Council member B.J. Foster said the additional cost was more than what anyone was expecting, but said they should move forward.

"I feel it's the right thing to do as it would add infrastructure to the park and we move forward and take a little bit of a hit," he said. "We should accept the design proposal and put those bids out."

Following the meeting, Department of Public Works Supervisor Mark Wilson said plans for the spray park continue to move forward, though much of the work right now is in designing and planning.

Council members also approved seeking bids for work to be done on Hemlock Street. There were three separate designs with cost estimations to select, however members included all three to be included for bids.

"We should let the bids out for the different items and make a decision once we see what the bids will be," Foster noted, before making a motion.

In other action from Monday's meeting, council members approved:

  • Spending $750 to fix drainage issues at Canthook Park Wall;
  • Purchasing a truck fitted to be a dump truck from the City of Ypsilanti for $55,714 for multiple use for DPW. Wilson told council members bids for a new dump truck ranged from $110,000 to $150,000;
  • A three-year Teamsters contract including a 12 percent health insurance cost-share with union members; and
  • Using Facebook Live to stream council meetings.

The next Evart City Council is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, June 5.