Scipio Creek to soon improve

Published: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:32 AM.

Apalachicola city commissioners last month accepted a guaranteed minimum price of a little more than $2 million to make improvements to the Scipio Creek Boat Basin.

The contractor, PSBI, of Tallahassee, said it would complete the project by November.

Before the commissioners unanimously approved the GMP, City Administrator Betty Taylor-Webb outlined how the construction work had to be scaled back to fit into the total budget of $2.56 million, funded mainly through $1.86 million in federal economic development funds, about a half million dollars in community development block grants from the state, and $215,000 in the city’s contribution through the revolving loan fund.

Administration by the Apalachee Regional Planning Council costs about $100,000, with another $311,000 going to Inovia, the project engineer.

The scope of work allowed for a city contingency allocation of $138,000 that will go towards purchase of a travel lift. Plus there’s more than $96,000 in PSBI’s contingency as construction manager that could go towards a lift.

PSBI President Aaron Boyette said his firm worked with city officials and Inovia to alter the design, which called for eliminating the proposed repair building and dock, and a freestanding building for an ice house.

“On every project, balancing the design with the available funding is always a challenge,” he said. “The changes made by the design team were architectural only; the intended function and uses are consistent with the grant funding requirements.

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