The Gibson City Council approved the Ed Day Memorial Skate Park during Thursday night’s special council meeting.
The council approved the skate park, which will be located in the northwest corner of West Park, in a 7-0 vote.
Dale and Billie Jo Denny, from the Ed Day Memorial Skate Park committee, presented the council with the final details of the plans to build the park during the meeting.
Mayor Dan Dickey said the park has been in the works for a few years.
Billie Jo Denny said the committee has a builder in place and are ready to move forward with the project.
“We are ready to go forth and get this thing started to build,” she said.
Denny said they wanted approval from the council to sign the contract with the builder.
She said they will try to take the skate park as far to the northwest corner of the lot as they can to fit the skate park and allow room for the ball teams to have a place to practice as well.
Denny also asked about money the city had earmarked for the skate park and how it could be provided to builders for the project.
City Attorney Marc Miller asked about the payment structure for the project and Denny said there would be several payments made over the course of the project.
Miller said likely the best time for the city to provide the money to make a payment would likely be towards the end of the project.
He said that would be the cleanest way to handle it and the auditor would appreciate it being done that way.
Denny said that the committee has $180,000 budgeted for the project and she thinks the city has earmarked a little over $35,000 for the project.
Miller said it would be a “perfect fit” to make one of the final payments on the project.
Denny also asked whether the contractor would be able to access water and electricity on the building site.
Dickey and Alderman Scott Davis believed there should be access to the correct amount of power and power on-site for the project.
Denny also asked if the city required bonding fees for the project and, if so, if they would waive them.
Miller said he’s sure the council would waive fees on it, but believed the council would still require bonding.
“This is going to be done on city property,” he said. “For everybody’s protection, we would expect bonding.”
After the vote, Dale Denny thanked the council for allow the project to move forward.
“Thank you Gibson City for your support and letting us do what we did,” he said.
Dickey expressed his appreciation for the committee’s work on the project.
“You guys were awesome,” he said.
Dickey said they’ve been working on raising money for the project for a little over two years and now they’ve got everything in motion.
In other business, the council approved a authorizing Dickey to sign tax compliance certificates and agreements for a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) loan and a Water Tower Loan.
The council also approved ordinances applying for these loans through the Public Water Supply Loan Program and the Water Pollution Loan Program for the Water Tower loan and CSO loan respectively.
Dickey said these measures were just to get the city in position to apply for these loans in the future should the council decide to move forward with them.
“We’re getting everything ready, but we’re not going to move forward,” he said. “We’re going to have everything in place, engineering, all the paperwork, and then we’re going to put a hold on it until we figure out what’s going on with this situation.”
Davis said the actions the council took Thursday night just puts them in a position to apply for the loans.
“We’re not going to be taking them out until we want to move forward,” he said. “This gets us qualified to get the loans.”
Davis said the city will need to the CSO project done by 2022.
“I know that’s one of the things we have to get done, so we’ll be talking about that obviously after we hopefully get the loan and move forward from there,” he said.
Dickey reiterate the city isn’t taking the loans out yet, they just want everything when they do make a final decision.
“We’re not moving forward, but we want everything in place when we decide to move forward,” he said. “If next year we decide to move forward, then we’re in line.”
Miller said approving these items doesn’t obligate the city council to move forward with either project.
“This is the financing that will take place for both projects if you go forward with them,” he said. “Approving these ordinances doesn’t obligate you to do the projects.”
Miller said the loans would be funded through the water and sewer system.
Through the program, he said, the city would be credited back some funds that it won’t have to pay back over time.
The council also approved Sidewalk Cafe permit applications from Pioletti’s, The Bayern Stube and Blue Star Cafe.