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Additional grounding needed for splash park project

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on June 14, 2018 – 12:42 amNo Comment
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The splash park project at Starlite Beach has hit a financial setback after a review of the project revealed a lack of proper grounding for the water features and cement pad they will be setting on.

Alpena City building official Don Gilmet and an electrical inspector discovered the problem when they inspected the site in advance of the concrete being poured.

Gilmet said part of the issue is that the plans were not received in time so crews didn’t know the grounding lacked compliance with state codes.  He said the plans should have been available and reviewed prior to the work starting.  He first saw them on June 4, well after construction started.

City engineer Rich Sullenger said the added materials and time needed to correct the issues could add up to $14,000.  He said the entire $430,000 Starlite Beach project, which includes much more than just the splash park, is also about $3,000 over budget.

The majority of the splash park portion of the project is being paid for with funds raised by the Alpena Rotary Club.  After hearing about the added cost this week, Alpena Agency stepped up to the plate and gave the rotary club $5,000 toward the project.

Despite the setback, the splash park is still expected to be completed by the end of the month.

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