Wet summer delays Gamewell Park parking lot

Nov. 12, 2013 @ 08:41 AM

The Gamewell Town Council decided Monday to pay more for an additional parking lot at Gamewell Park to avoid having to put off construction until next August.

The town council awarded a bid for construction of the gravel overflow lot in May. Work was scheduled to begin in August, but record rainfalls kept the ground too wet for construction to start.

On Monday, Matthew Carswell of West Consultants presented the town with two options. They could hope for a dry summer in 2014 and wait to begin the project next August, or they could pay an additional $8,740 for geo-grid fabric, a net that will hold the gravel in place, and $7.50 per cubic yard for additional dirt compacted. In total, the project is projected to cost $80,979.50.

The town council voted unanimously to pay extra so work on the project could begin this year.  

“I’m conservative,” Mayor Hunter “Pedro” Crump said, “but I believe this is probably the best way to deal with it.”

The town council also picked up a tradition of honoring local businesses, presenting a plaque to Helen Saunders, owner of the child care center Happy Heart Kids.

Crump presented the town’s recycle report for October – citizens of Gamewell recycled 5.78 tons in October.