QUINCY -- In a public meeting next month, four firms will present concept plans for a riverfront promenade, boardwalk and visitor boat dock along the Quincy riverfront.
The consultant interviews are set for an advisory riverfront committee meeting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Quincy Park District Administrative Office, 1231 Bonansinga Drive. Firms presenting are BatesForum of St. Louis, Hitchcock Design Firm of Chicago, Klingner and Associates of Quincy and MSA of Wisconsin.
The proposal released in July called for firms to prepare the design and cost estimated of a riverfront pier, boardwalk and visitor dock on a 400-foot area of riverfront between Clat Adams Bicentennial Park and the Quincy water treatment plant.
The proposed cost of $4 million to $6 million would be split between the Park District, the city of Quincy and Adams County, though how it would be divided has not been determined.
Park District officials said the park could seek voter approval for a bond for the project.
To get the question on the April 2, 2019, ballot, the Park Board would need to adopt a resolution for a referendum by Dec. 31.
The district has a non-referendum bond cap of $3.2 million, but the district is preparing to sell bonds for its annual capital maintenance plan, as well as for future construction of the Bill Klingner Trail. This means the district would need to seek voter approval.
However, Park Board President Bob Gough said the project likely would be put on the back burner if the city of Quincy or Adams ?County do not commit to it. The Park Board also will have to weigh in.
The riverfront committee has come under scrutiny of some Park Board members. Comprised of officials from the city, Park District, Adams County, Oakley-Lindsay Center and the District, it trimmed submissions from six to four last month though a scoring system that was included in the request for proposals.
Commissioner John Frankenhoff said he was concerned that the meeting wasn't open.
"It concerns me that it hasn't been transparent until now, and I hope it is on Oct. 3," Frankenhoff said.
Park District attorney Terry Anastas told the Park Board on Wednesday that he thought that the committee needs to post agendas and take minutes.
Gough said future meetings were to be public all along as the project gains momentum.
"This is still in the conceptual phase -- we are getting closer to an actual plan -- but when you're trying to get the moving parts of three bodies of government, that's what's going to happen," Gough said. "It wasn't practical to have every Park Board member, every City Council member and every County Board member involved in this. This is why we have committees."
Gough said he told board members last winter that he was sitting on the committee, and that all bodies will make final decisions.
The Oct. 3 meeting "is the one because we want all of our respective board members to have the opportunity to look at this," Gough said. "Every piece of documentation that this committee has put forth I have shared with the entire board, or Rome Frericks (Park Board executive director) has shared with the entire board. Now, they'll have a chance to weigh in on the presentations."