by Valerie Verkamp
County officials dipped deep into the remaining contingency funds to cover unexpected costs in the construction of Platte Landing Park at Parkville.
Brian Nowotny, director of parks and recreation for Platte County, said phase I of the development of Platte Landing Park requires additional projects, including adding another 15 feet of concrete to the boat ramp, stormwater improvements, as well as paving a gravel parking lot that is sandwiched between Platte Landing Park and English Landing Park.
The supplementary projects amount to an additional $60,690.95. According to the change order compiled by Linaweaver Construction, Inc., an extension to the boat ramp will take the ramp to a level where it could be accessed when the Missouri River reaches a lower level.
The ramp project will cost an additional $10,880.56 for the planned extension and another $6,400 for other associated costs, including rip-rap.
Paving the parking lot located on the east side of Platte Landing Park also hiked the cost of phase 1. Concrete pavement six inches deep is projected to cost $85,725 and base material for the proposed concrete surfacing will cost another $12,570.00.
The change order also includes several reductions to the proposed project.
Nowotny said Parkville's public works department has offered to perform the necessary turf seeding for the park, which is a more cost efficient way to handle the undertaking.
The seeding cost deduction to the change order amounts to $132,860.
After covering the costs of these changes, the county has $20,000 remaining in its contingency fund for the project.
The county committed $1.5 million, derived from the half-cent sales tax, for the completion of phase 1.
At a meeting Monday morning, the county commission voted unanimously in favor of the proposed change order.