QUINCY -- Construction of another portion of the Bill Klingner Trail could start as early as this fall after the Quincy Park Board on Wednesday approved a contract for the work.
County Contractors submitted the low bid of $855,000 to extend the trail under the Fifth Street bridge and into Parker Heights Park and eventually connect with the park road, which is closed to vehicular traffic, around the Third Street overpass.
"They've made mention of breaking ground yet this year and do a lot of the preliminary dirt work and excavation, and then next spring start on the bridges and the hard surface trail," said Quincy Park District Executive Director Rome Frericks.
An addendum for work on the park road between the overpass and Bonansinga Drive was not included in the approved contract.
"The road is fine," he said. "It was just trying to take that crown out of the main road to make it more friendlier for park patrons."
The $150,000 addition could be considered in the future.
The project is being funded through a $2.3 million bond the Park District sold earlier this year for construction of the trail. Friends of the Trails also raised 20 percent of the projects cost.
Meanwhile, construction continues on the $2.138 million trail extension between 18th and 24th streets.
Frericks said construction should be finished within two months.
The work is being funded through a $791,990 grant through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program and $350,000 raised by Friends of the Trails. The Park District is covering the remainder with bond funds.
In other business, the Park Board approved the purchase of fitness zone equipment that will be placed near the Klingner Trail trailhead at Bob Mays Park.
The equipment from GameTime will cost $35,377 and will be installed by park district staff.
District officials said it received positive feedback from current trail patrons, CrossFit members, personal trainers, the Blessing Health System, Quincy Medical Group and the Adams County Health Department.
A $32,752 contract with Brumbaugh Tree Service was approved for the removal of 60 ash trees at Westview Golf Course in response to the emerald ash borer. The invasive beetle eventually kills the trees.
Director of Golf David Morgan said ash trees on the course said leaving ash trees on the course creates a liability for the district.
The remaining 110 ash trees at Westview are scheduled to be felled in 2020 and 2021.
The district is exploring a grant opportunity to replace the ash trees.
Commissioners also agreed to use $15,590 in uncommitted excess funds from its annual maintenance bond for the design of a new shelter and the demolition of the current one in Ben Bumbry Riverview Park.
Plans call for the new shelter to be complete by May.