CRC approves contract for reflecting pond repairs



In December, the Carmel City Council shot down a proposal to use the city’s raining day fund to pay for repairs to the reflecting pool.

Councilors said since the Carmel Redevelopment Commission owns the damaged pool, located across the street from The Palladium, then it should be the CRC’s responsibility to pay to fix the cracks in the concrete.

On Jan. 23, the CRC approved a contact of $460,500 with the Smock Fansler Corporation to make the repairs. This represents less money than was previously proposed.

Under the City Council’s proposal, more than $600,000 would be transferred to the Carmel Street Department, which would then have to enter a bid process to select a contractor. The CRC already went through the bid process in 2013, although the funds were not available at this time. Now the CRC wants to use one of its old bids, assuming that Smock Fansler maintains its price. Minor changes can be made using change orders.

The CRC commissioned the 84,300-square-foot pool more than a decade ago using some money from a $1 million federal grant.

The contract with Smock Fansler will now go before the City Council at their next meeting.

CRC Director Corrie Meyer said the contract will be paid for through $1 million in the CRC’s 2015 capital projects budget.

In other news:

  • Bill Hammer and Dave Bowers were re-elected as CRC president and vice president respectively. Jeff Worrell was elected as secretary.
  • According to the cash flow report, the CRC has $5,030,468 in its bank account, more than $8 million if you include restricted funds.
  • There will be a public hearing next month before the CRC finalizes any actions needed for the new bonds for a parking garage for Carmel City Center phase two.
  • Meyer reported that by the end of March, it’s expected that all of the site work will be done for two new Carmel City Center buildings: The Nash and The Mezz.

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