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Riverfront board makes bid decisions

BY CORIANNE EGAN cegan@paducahsun.com

Paducah officials will spend the next two weeks putting together a bid document for approval that will finalize major changes to the riverfront development project.

The Paducah Riverfront Development Authority board met Wednesday to piece together the project and prioritize aspects of the city's multi-million dollar renovation plan for Schultz Park and an adjacent transient boat dock. The Riverfront Development Project was $2.5 million over budget when Paducah's City Commission put it on hold, and allowed PRDA to review the project and make recommendations.

After nearly two hours of conversation Wednesday, board members handed City Engineer Rick Murphy and PRDA Director Steve Doolittle a list of recommendations. The pair will work on a bid document that will be presented to the PRDA board in two weeks. Once the document is approved, it will be unveiled to the Paducah City Commission.

The board spent Wednesday making decisions to either delete, delay or change action items. Two items - a $685,000 marina services building and its floating dock - were ruled out of the final project. Changes to the existing parking and access roads will be delayed and not included in the bid document.

The bid alternates, however, are plenty. The board will bid out the transient dock, but also add an option to shorten it by 60 feet at an estimated savings of about $60,000. The bid document will also include a minimized fuel system, with an alternate plan of removing fuel options. The board also will allow an alternate that would lessen the size of the park's stonewall revetment - or large, recreational stone steps that lead down the bank into the river, connecting land and water for park goers - to save money.

The board also will put an alternate option in that would change the material of the dock from iron wood, a more expensive but longer lasting option, to concrete tiles.

The PRDA board will meet on April 8 and hopes to finalize the bid at that meeting. The board is preparing to present the plan to the city commission on April 15.

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