Council OKs $18,000 design adjustment contract for West Park

Plans to revisit design concepts for the town’s new $17 million West Park should begin soon. At their Oct. 5 regular meeting, members of the Queen Creek Town Council voted unanimously to approve an amendment to a professional services contract with PLAN*Et Communities to consider design adjustments to the 30-acre park. The contract amendment was approved in an amount not to exceed $18,061.

Voting in favor of the amendment, which was on that night’s consent agenda, were Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney, Vice Mayor Dawn Oliphant and council members Craig Barnes, Robin Benning, Emilena Turley and Julia Wheatley. Councilman Jeff Brown was not present.

During its Sept. 21 regular meeting, the council voted in favor of returning a proposed conceptual plan for the new recreation area to the town’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee for further study. Among the amenities council members asked to review were additional parking and open space.

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The proposed West Park will use 30 acres of a 78-acre site that is part of the town’s Parks and Recreation Five-Park Master Plan. The larger site is generally bounded by Queen Creek Road to the north, Ocotillo Road to the south, Sossaman Road to the west and Hawes Road to the  east, according to the town’s website:

The estimated project cost is $17 million. Of that, $13.4 million for park improvements would be paid for by impact fees received after Aug. 1, 2014, according to a presentation made at the Sept. 21 meeting by Queen Creek Recreation Superintendent Adam Robinson. An additional $450,000 for a splash pad would be paid for with park impact fees received before Aug. 1, 2014.
It would be developed over 1.5 years, with completion tentatively scheduled for summer 2018, Mr. Robinson. He estimated the plan review would delay the project by 2.5 months.

The following items were also unanimously approved as part of the consent agenda:

•The creation of three street light improvement districts: Resolution 1110-16, creating District No. 89, No. 2016-002 for Church Farm Parcel E2; Resolution 1111-16, creating District No. 90, No. 2016-003 for Church Farm Parcel A2; and Resolution 1112-16, creating District No. 91, No. 2016-004 for Rittenhouse Ranch.
•Approval of Amendment No. 2 to the a*9greement between the town of Queen Creek and FCI Constructors for design/build services for the Fire Station No. 413 for a guaranteed maximum price of $3,199,755 for building construction and site finishes.
•Approval of a cooperative purchase agreement with Vertech Industrial Systems, LLC, through the city of Peoria Contract ACON27513, to purchase supervisory control and data acquisition programming services as needed in an amount not to exceed $300,000. This amount would be allocated between the town’s utility services and public works departments.
•Approval of a cooperative purchase agreement with Cleanview Sewer Inspections, through the city of Chandler Contract MU6-962-3654, to purchase sewer and storm drain video inspection services in an amount not to exceed $50,000, This amount would be allocated between the town’s utility services, public works and development services departments.
•Approval of the amended agreement for regional emergency transportation services with American Medical Response of Maricopa LLC.
•Approval of Two Series 16 Fair/Festival Special Event Liquor License applications submitted by Cult of 8 dba Alcohol by Volume and Su Vino Winery for the Vintage and Vino event scheduled for Oct. 14-15 at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, 20464 E. Riggs Road in Queen Creek.

In other council matters:

•The council members met in a closed-door executive session to discuss two items: 1) to consider the town’s position and to instruct its representatives regarding an agreement with American Medical Response of Maricopa LLC, ARS 38-431-.03(A)(#) and (4), and 2) stormwater permit requirements, ARS 38-431.03(A)(3).
•The mayor proclaimed the following for the town of Queen Creek: Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Fire Prevention Awareness Month would be observed in October and that Oct. 23-31 would be Red Ribbon Week. The latter raises awareness of drug use and the problems related to drugs facing a community, and encourage parents, educators, business owners and other community organizations to promote drug-free lifestyles, according to a 2015 press release on the town’s website.
The Queen Creek Town Council generally meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Queen Creek Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road. Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. No public hearings are held before 7 p.m.

For more information and to view agendas, visit the town’s website.

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