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Asphalt or concrete: a ‘hard choice’ for council

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 28th, 2013

-- City chooses trail, parking lot contractors for nature park

BROOKINGS – On a night when councilors tried to shoot a hole in their own 2014 budget with last-minute gifts and subsidies, and on a night when one councilor obliquely threatened to pull financial support for the SDSU Research Park, the real drama at the Tuesday city council meeting hinged on a single question: Asphalt or concrete?

The subject was mundane – awarding contracts for trails and parking lots for the new Dakota Nature Park – but wrapped up in the council’s action was the city’s “shop at home” philosophy, the question of whether asphalt or concrete is a better material for the project, and a rejection of the recommendations of both the city manager and the parks and recreation staff.

In the end, the council gave the trails work to Bowes Construction of Brookings – asphalt – and the driveway and parking lots to Clark Drew Construction, also of Brookings – concrete.

The Bowes bid for asphalt trails came to $185,300, nearly $70,000 less than the nearest bid for the work in concrete.

Clark Drew will pour concrete for the driveways and a parking lot at the just-completed nature center, and that work will cost $209,750.

For the complete article see the 08-28-2013 issue.

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