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Redevelopment Commission Confirms Troyer Group for Downtown Park

May 17, 2011

05/18/11 Members of the Plymouth Redevelopment Commission approved change order number 2 and 3 on the Oak Road Project Tuesday night.  City Engineer Rick Gaul explained the change orders.   The first change order was for the relocation of a water line for Arby’s.  Their tap had gone directly from the hydrant and not the water main.  Since the hydrant will be moved in the project their water line had to be moved at a cost of $2,750.

The second change order on the Oak Drive Project involved the electrical pole for the traffic signal at the northwest corner of US 30 and Oak Drive.  The current pole was guyed and therefore in the way of the new project.  The State provided new poles valued at $4,225.  The TIF project needed to pay for the new wiring and foundation at a cost of $405.  Total of the two changes orders was $3,155 added to the project.

Gaul said utility work on the gas line on the west side of the roadway near US 30 is underway.   Once the gas line is complete HRP will start on the new west side storm sewer.   The City Engineer said the rainy weather that we have experienced hasn’t had much effect on the project.  HRP believes that they are within a couple of days of being on schedule.

In TIF #2 City Attorney Nelson Chipman said the appraisal firm they hired has met with property owners on the South Gateway and completed their appraisals.  The appraisals are currently being reviewed by the review appraiser.  He anticipates having the appraisal information for Redevelopment Commission members at their June meeting.

City Engineer Gaul presented the final trace drawings of the South Gateway Project for review by the commission.  He also said he is seeking cost estimates for quantities and environmental on the project.

Still under TIF #2 Mayor Mark Senter spoke to member of the Redevelopment Commission prior to their selecting a consulting firm for the Downtown Park Project.  Senter explained that the Park Board recommended the Troyer Group during their meeting two weeks ago.  He said, “I hope this commission will endorse their decision.”

After some discussion member Dan Tyree motioned to select the Troyer Group and said, “All four companies had good presentations.  I feel good with their presentation.”  Member Don Wendel said, “All the firms did a good job at showing us their rough ideas and their qualifications.”  Member Don Ecker noted that he favored the Troyer Group because they had all members on staff and didn’t have to bring in help from other firms.

The Plymouth Redevelopment Commission unanimously approved the Troyer Group as consultants for the new downtown park project.

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