The Hannibal Parks & Recreation Department is preparing to tackle a familiar, and costly, maintenance issue - dredging the marina.
The first step was taken during Tuesday night’s meeting of the City Council when an engineering services agreement with Klingner & Associates was approved. The cost is not to exceed $10,500.
Klingner will be responsible for applying for the proper permits, design of bid specs, and performing pre- and post-depth surveys in the marina.
According to Andy Dorian, director of the Parks & Recreation Department, barring any spring flooding the dredging would begin within the next two months. That would provide enough time for the work to be completed before the boating season begins.
Dorian has set aside $170,000 in this year’s budget for dredging of the Nipper Park Marina.
According to Dorian, the slip areas, behind the covered dock and behind the gas dock are dangerously low.
“At the normal pool of 10 feet some of the boat slip areas will be as low at 0.5 of an inch and the area behind the gas dock is already exposed earth,” he said.
Dredging last took place at the marina in the fall of 2011 when 8,403 cubic yards of silt and debris were removed. The Parks Department paid $92,000 for that work to be completed.
In other business:
• The Parks Department was given permission to enter into a $27,000 contract with Poepping, Stone, Bach & Associates. The firm will provide engineering services at Huckleberry Park’s Chris Walton softball/baseball field.
• A contract with Rutherford Roofing, Inc., was approved. The company will install a new roof at the Parks Department’s maintenance shop on Orchard Avenue. Rutherford’s $29,420 bid was the lowest received.
• The Police Department was given permission to purchase a three channel radio voter from A&W Communications for $8,020. According to Chief Lyndell Davis the current unit, installed in 1999, has surpassed its work life. The device insures signal strength wherever an officer is in the city.
• An easement agreement between the city and General Mills for the installation of a fiber optic communication conduit was approved.
• The following board appointments were approved: George Walley, reappointment to the Airport Advisory Board for a term to expire in September 2015; John McCoy, reappointment to the Airport Advisory Board for a term to expire in September 2015; Candace Klemann, appointed to the Hannibal Tree Board to fill an unexpired term that ends in September 2014.