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.

“The original building aesthetics included board and batten architectural elements, but due to funding limitations, all the buildings were required to be modified to open air structures,” he wrote in an email, changing them to structural steel with metal roof systems.

“The market pavilion and restroom buildings were combined to maximize efficiencies and the available funding,” Boyette wrote. “The boat maintenance building is now slated to be constructed in a future phase as funding becomes available. The boat maintenance yard is consistent with the original design and has not changed in form or function.”

Boyette said the ice house has been changed to an open pavilion designed to accommodate a future ice machine once there are no longer private sector options. “How the building is used prior to the installation of the ice machine is up to the city of Apalachicola and its citizens’ discretion,” wrote Boyette.

The only change in the site utilities have been the switch from a gravity flow system to a force main system. “Due to the subsurface soil conditions, a force main will be used,” said Boyette, which he said was better system under the conditions.

Subcontractors on the project include sitework (Coastal), fencing (B & T Fencing), concrete (Cathey Concrete), masonry and miscellaneous labor (SimplerBuilt Inc.), materials (Taylor’s Building Supply), painting (Universal), steel (Jackson-Cook), dock and piling (Nature Bridges), plumbing and site utilities (RotoRooter), and electrical (Electrotech).