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Marina project plans sought
Bids to be accepted through Feb. 19
Sunday, January 27, 2013
By DEBBIE HALL - Bulletin Staff Writer
A marina and other amenities to serve Philpott Lake visitors may soon be under construction.
Deputy County Administrator Dale Wagoner said bidding on the project will be advertised in the Martinsville Bulletin today.
“Then, we will send out an invitation for bid to all the vendors might do that type of work,” Wagoner said.
The $768,000 marina project will provide general boat docking, a floating general store, a multi-use area with picnic tables, fueling station, inland rest room facilities and 40 rental boat slips along the shoreline, county officials have said. Each slip will be rented for about $1,200 annually.
Wagoner said there are three components of the overall project.
The first component includes constructing the dock, boat slips and concession area, Wagoner said.
Grading and installing utilities is a second component and the third is reworking a group campground, he said.
Currently, the campground is used only for tent camping, but during the project, it will be upgraded to provide water, electricity and sewer service to each campsite. It will become the only campground at the lake to have all three utilities, county officials have said.
Bids will be accepted through Feb. 19, and a prebid conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 7 in the Philpott Visitors Center for contractors interested in working on the project, Wagoner said.
It is not mandatory that contractors who plan to bid on the project attend the conference, but Wagoner said those who do likely will benefit from the additional information that will be presented.
Although county officials anticipated the marina project would be completed by spring, Wagoner said “that probably is not realistic. We would love to have it open by spring, but it’s not likely. We did get a little behind just because of the process” of getting design and other work completed and preparing to open bids.
“Ideally, we would have liked to put the project out for bids before Christmas, but the process of getting design plans finalized” took longer than officials had hoped, he said.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the lake, also has not yet given their final stamp of approval on “minor design changes” for the project, Wagoner said. However, “we don’t anticipate any changes” or problems in getting the corps to sign off on the project, he added.