The DeWitt County Board faces an uphill battle in 2015 as it relates to the Clinton Lake Marina, and Thursday night they took major steps forward.
By the end of the calendar year, the Board must make the Clinton Lake Marina ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant. According to Marina Committee Chair, Dan Ballenger, there are a couple areas of the marina that require immediate attention.
The previous board had laid the groundwork for renovations at the Marina restrooms. Thursday night, the Board approved the completion of that work through the original architect, Edwards Architects. Board Administrative Assistant DeeDee Rentmeister explains the work wasn't done originally because the bids came in too high.
The Board also approved a quote through Bodine Electric to replace five pedestals at just over $10-thousand. Dock six was the point of focus for this particular work, however, several board members questioned where previous pedestals had been installed at the Marina, and Rentmeister and Ballenger note it was Dock four that received work previously.
The Board also approved a dock salvage contract with a group from Farmer City. Ballenger explains quotes they had received in prior attempts were upwards of $25-thousand, however, the local group has agreed to do the work for approximately $10-thousand.
The contract calls for insurance liability, a contact for the Board as a reference point, and for the Board to keep possession of electrical equipment recovered as a part of the work.
Other parts from the dock will be made available to the public.
In other business from the Thursday Board meeting:
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