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Firm selected to study rec center feasibility

Christina M. Currie

A firm has been chosen to complete the feasibility study on a recreation center in Craig. All that’s left is to find a way to pay for it.

The Craig Parks and Recreation Department recreation center steering committee met Wednesday night and agreed to hire Sink Combs Dethlefs to complete the first phase of the project. But that decision hinges on whether the participants the city, county, school district, chamber of commerce and community college will agree to fund the study.

SCD of Denver was one of five firms to submit proposals for the project. Their bid was the second lowest at $19,500 plus approximately $1,500 in reimbursable expenses, which include travel, meals and lodging.

Blythe Design submitted the lowest bid at $13,900, but, according to committee member and Craig Mayor Dave DeRose, Blythe had very little experience with recreation centers and didn’t offer as comprehensive of a list of service as SCD did. SCD’s proposal offers its participation in the project through an election to request funding for the construction and operation of the center. No other proposal did, DeRose said.

The highest bid was $52,000.

Parks and Recreation Department Director Dave Pike will approach

the city council Tuesday and ask them to commit $7,000 toward the study.

Director of administrative services for the county, Deb Murray, will do the same at the county commissioners’ meeting Monday and board member Dana Gregory will call for a special meeting of the Colorado Northwestern Community College Board of Control to discuss offering the same level of funding.

“Someone has to jump in the water first, but I don’t know if (the city) is willing to take the whole burden,” Pike said.

The Craig Chamber of Commerce and Moffat County School District will also be asked to contribute, which would reduce the cost to the city and county if those entities agree.

School board member Rod Durham said the board wasn’t ready to put money in until they had more information.

SCD will provide the community with a comparison of the two potential sites, the building that formerly housed Country General and a portion of the property CNCC recently purchased for its expansion efforts. The company also will provide conceptual plans, estimated building costs, estimated operational costs and estimated revenue projections as well as assistance to the committee to find the best method of securing funding for the project.

According to DeRose, SCD came highly recommended by communities who had worked with the company before. Each said SCD worked well with participants and worked to build structures that met each community’s needs. SCD did not try to force preconceived ideas

onto the community.

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