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Overall site plan for Jones Park.

(Photo: City of Appleton)

APPLETON – After two bids came in over budget, the project for Jones Park renovations will likely be re-bid again, pending Common Council approval this week. 

“We will rebid the entire park project (combining both phases) at the beginning of January,” wrote Dean Gazza, director of parks and recreation, in an email to USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin.

“We still expect to finish at the end of next summer so no delay in schedule. It will be less costly to do the work in the spring versus trying to get some work done during the winter.

The park has been closed since late September 2016 for the construction of the Fox Cities Exhibition Center and for park renovations. 

The project was intended to start in late 2017 alongside construction of the exhibition center, which will wrap up next month.

 

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Bids for Phase I of the park project, including utility and excavation work, were rejected  for coming in over the $1.55 million budget.

Gazza told Finance Committee members on Nov. 6 that bids would include higher costs for doing work during the winter weather.

 

The new bid would include both phases of construction, Gazza said. 

The park design plans include a play area, a skating rink, performance stage, among other amenities

Appleton Finance Committee approves RFP for library

The request for proposal (RFP) for developers to submit ideas for a new Appleton Public Library in a mixed-use building could be released as soon as Nov.

16. 

The Finance Committee recommended the draft RFP, previously approved by the Library Board last month, on Nov.

6. 

Read the RFP for the library project

RELATED: Talks on new Appleton library heat up with eye on downtown

The Common Council will take up the draft on Nov.

15. It it is approved, it will be released the day after the meeting.

 

A request for proposal is a written solicitation from a government body for a company or group to pitch ideas and work for a specific contract or project

Under the draft, the general requirements for the library are:

Approximately 120,000 square feetNo more than three floors (about 110,000 square-feet) would comprise the public space The non-public parts of the library can be on other floorsThe library would serve as the “primary floor anchor” with its own entrance and meeting spaces allowing after-hours access.

 Parking would be needed for the entire mixed-use developmentMenasha community development director resigns for Green Bay job

After a little more than a year in the job, Menasha’s community development director, David Buck, will leave to take a position with Green Bay. 

“I regret that I will not be able to continue to implement the programs I have begun as well as see the many developments on the horizon come into being,” Buck wrote via email to USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin.

 “Menasha is truly a wonderful and great place with a lot to offer. I am certain the forward momentum of the community will continue and genuinely believe that there are many great things in store for Menasha’s future.

Buck’s last day at the city will be Nov. 17.

  

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