Im­prove­ments set for POA struc­tures

The Weekly Vista - - Front Page - KEITH BRYANT

Im­prove­ments to a trio of struc­tures and re­pairs to the High­lands Golf Course cart paths caused by flood dam­age gained ap­proval of the POA Board of Di­rec­tors July 20.

The three struc­tures to ben­e­fit from im­prove­ments are:

• The re­stroom at Met­field Park, es­ti­mated to cost $64,000;

• The Blow­ing Springs re­stroom, es­ti­mated at $94,000;

• The Blow­ing Springs RV park en­trance build­ing, bud­geted at $50,000.

Prop­erty Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion gen­eral man­ager Tom Jud­son said the Met­field re­stroom will see a com­plete re­build to be­come us­able in all weather and to be com­pli­ant with the Amer­i­cans with Dis­abil­i­ties Act. Ren­o­va­tions at the Blow­ing Springs re­stroom will be, in part, to be­come us­able in all weather and achieve ADA com­pli­ance. The ren­o­va­tion, he said, will also add show­ers to the re­stroom, pri­mar­ily aimed at campers.

“This would al­low us to pro­vide show­ers to those cus­tomers,” he said.

Ren­o­va­tions at the RV park en­trance build­ing will roughly dou­ble the size of the build­ing, he said, and will add an em­ployee re­stroom as well as space for re­tail items, in­clud­ing soda, snacks and bug re­pel­lent.

Jud­son said that get­ting bids for the cart path re­pairs at High­lands proved dif­fi­cult be­cause con­trac­tors are oc­cu­pied. Ad­di­tion­ally, he said, be­cause the needed re­pairs are scat­tered rather than all in one spot, con­trac­tors are less in­ter­ested in do­ing

the work.

“We re­ally strug­gle to get a com­pany to come out and give us a bid,” he said.

The good news, he said, is the bid the POA re­ceived from Hutchens Con­struc­tion, which has done well on path work for the POA in the past, came in un­der bud­get. The as­so­ci­a­tion bud­geted $107,700 for this work, he said, but the bid came in at $104,160.

Ad­di­tion­ally, re­pairs to Coun­try Club Golf Course

also came in un­der es­ti­mates, he said.

The es­ti­mate pre­pared by Golf Course Main­te­nance di­rec­tor Keith Ihms an­tic­i­pated re­pairs would cost $65,000.

Jud­son said the low­est bid came in at $60,315 to re­pair the tee on hole 2, the green on hole 8 and bunkers on holes 2, 3, 4 and 8.

It’s im­por­tant to note, he said, that while hole 8 may look OK to play on, it can­not be used be­cause

the grass is thin and frag­ile.

Chair­man Ron Strat­ton sug­gested plac­ing sig­nage to ex­plain why the hole is not cur­rently in use.

The board also dis­cussed part­ner­ing with the city to save both par­ties some money on hy­drol­ogy stud­ies of Lit­tle Su­gar Creek, ap­pointed David Whelchel to fill a board va­cancy un­til May 28 and dis­cussed changes to em­ployee ben­e­fits.

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