Selection of engineering company will be next step in project scheduled for 2015
The Village of Grafton is poised to take the next step in the possible construction of a riverwalk through Veterans Memorial Park.
The Parks and Recreation Board will meet Wednesday, Dec. 17, to discuss hiring a firm to oversee engineering and planning services for the project, which could be done in 2015.
In September, the village accepted a Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program grant of $244,455, which is expected to cover half of the cost of a walking trail along the west bank of the Milwaukee River along with other improvements.
The matching grant would require the village to pay the balance of the estimated $489,000 project cost.
Project plans call for constructing a 10-foot-wide walk that would run 1,200 feet from Highway 60 to the north end of the park and installing a canoe/kayak launch and a wayside that would give recreational water users access to the park restrooms, pavilion and water fountain.
Bank stabilization work is also included in the proposed upgrades.
Parks and Recreation Director John Safstrom said the Recreation Board has narrowed a field of firms that bid on engineering and planning services from eight to three.
Representatives of the three companies are scheduled to discuss their proposals with the board during its 6 p.m. meeting at the Municipal Services Facility Conference Room, 675 N. Green Bay Rd.
The finalists include MSA Professional Services Inc. of Beaver Dam, which submitted the low bid of $32,261; Rettler Corp. of Stevens Point, which bid $37,150; and RA Smith National of Brookfield, which bid $42,650.
The Recreation Board’s hiring recommendation will be forwarded to the Village Board for a final decision.
“The hope is that the planning phase would begin in January,” Safstrom said.
A concept plan for the project received a favorable response from the Department of Natural Resources, which administers the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program. However, the village is still awaiting a notice of final grant approval from the DNR, Safstrom said.
Although the Village Board voted 6-1 to accept the matching grant, Village President Jim Brunnquell said the village has not made a commitment to do the project. That decision would not be finalized until the grant is officially received and the scope and final cost of upgrades are determined, he noted.
Plans call for the park trail to have a concrete surface and sitting wall similar to the riverwalk south of Highway 60.
Village Administrator Darrell Hofland said Grafton’s share of the project cost could be covered through a combination of park and recreational facility impact fees, money from the capital projects fund and private donations.
Pending final approval, construction of the riverwalk is expected to begin next summer, Safstrom said.