TAWAS CITY – A project to completely reconstruct the crumbling parking lot at the Iosco County Building has again been put out for bidding, according to Iosco County Clerk Nancy Huebel, who discussed the project during the Feb. 12 meeting of the Iosco County Board of Commissioners.
The project was originally put out for bids a year ago for the project, which will be a complete reconstruction of the parking area surrounding the county building, annex and Iosco County Sheriff Department wing. But bids for the project came back too high, however, and at the time county Administrator/Treasurer Elite Shellenbarger told commissioners he did not feel they should accept bids.
He instead told commissioners they should rebid at a later time to get better prices for the project.
Huebel, who is acting as co-administrator while Shellenbarger is recovering from a debilitating injury, told commissioners that the bids would go back out. She said the bids would be due at her office no later than 3 p.m. on Feb. 28.
Currently Bruce Bolen the director of the Iosco County Road Commission, has been working with the county on specifications for the parking lot project. One aspect of the project is the relocation of items such as dumpsters for the county building and utility poles to create more parking opportunities.
“The electrical pole we were talking about that previously that needs to be moved, Consumers Energy will do that but it’s going to be about $4,000,” Huebel told commissioners. “They will be contacting us to let us know so we can barricade off an area.”
Huebel told commissioners that the project, when it begins in the spring or summer, will take about 14 days and will be done in three phases. The first phase will be in the parking area of the county annex building. She said the security entrance of the building, during that phase, will be moved to the front of the building, where visitors will have to go through a metal detector to get into the building.
Huebel said there will also have to be cooperation with the courts to limit court during the time period of construction to hold off on having many people at the court for hearings, to ease congestion at the building. During the construction, Huebel said visitors will have to park at the Tawas City Park, across the street from the county building.
“We will need cooperation from the courts on limiting court traffic,” he said. “We’ll work with you to see the exact 14 days that will work best, but not everyone will be happy for sure.”
As far as the scope of work for the project, Shellenbarger said in a previous meeting that the lot will have three inches of asphalt so that heavy equipment, delivery trucks, garbage trucks, and other large equipment that frequent the parking area will not damage the new surface.
At that meeting, Shellenbarger could not say when the last time the parking lot was replaced, he said it had not been done since the 1980s, and subsequent work has been done at least three times, at a cost of around $10,000 to patch the surface and conduct seal coating work.