By Brett Nachtigall
HOT SPRINGS – Only one bid was received by the City of Hot Springs in regards to their RFP for the Fall River Channel Restoration Landscape Phase 1, which was presented by Heinert’s Landscaping of Hot Springs. This is the same firm which last year built the access ramp into the river from Centennial Park and removed cattails and did other work in the channel.
According to the contract agreement, work must be completed by no later than Sept. 1, 2021, and include river bank landscaping, native flora plantings and 6-foot x 600-foot geogrid-grassed paver installation along Fall River between the aforementioned access ramp area and the Jennings Bridge. Total cost of the proposal was for $49,900.
The Hot Springs City Council approved the RFP by a vote of 7 to 1 at their Monday, April 19 meeting, with Wes Grimes being the only ‘no’ vote. During discussion, Grimes questioned awarding the contract to Heinert’s due to the company withdrawing from the demolition bid proposal to tear down the Wesch-Oak.
Councilwoman Debra Johnston said the Wesch-Oak demo and their landscaping proposals were for two vastly different projects, so she did not have any reservations about awarding it to Heinerts, while adding that she thought they did a good job on their other work along Fall River. Councilman Craig Romey agreed that he also thought they did a good job.
Also at this past Monday night’s meeting, the city council awarded the Brookside Park Sprinkler System Installation bid to D&L Lawn Sprinklers of Rapid City for $5,610. The bid was the lowest of three that were received, which included a $11,415 bid from R.R. Repairs of Hot Springs and $24,141 from W.T. Martin Services of Hot Springs.
Monday night’s meeting was completed in just under two hours, where the council also:
• Approved an RFP process for the Butler Park Softball Fence Replacement Project.
• Heard during the Public Works report that the city landfill no longer provides a pit for the dumping of animal carcasses. Residents are now encouraged to drive to the Edgemont dump to dispose of wildlife carcasses.
• Heard during the Southern Hills Golf Course Committee Report that clubhouse manager Kathi Jirsa will be retiring after this golf season. With her pending departure, Mayor Bob Nelson said the golf course committee will consider operating the clubhouse differently in the future, which may include the possibility of securing a liquor license and expanding the food offerings. Mayor Nelson noted that if the change happens, it would likely be done through a contractual agreement with a vendor.
• Heard during City Administrator John Gregory’s report that Dietzler Construction will be coming back too to complete the Jennings Bridge project, which included finishing paving the road at both ends of the bridge. He also spoke of a potential Industrial Park being developed near the City Airport. He met with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and is hopeful of its potential of bringing new business to the area.