Helper's Council Reviews CIB Offer,
The council in Helper adopted a resolution recently that increases the bonding capacity for the city in relation to the construction of a new swimming pool.
On April 20, the council adopted the resolution unanimously and reviewed the progress of the biding process already underway.
The Utah Permanent Community Impact Board recently approved supplemental funding for the pool to the tune of $300,000.
The supplemental revenues are in addition to $992,000 in funds that had been previously awarded for the Helper project.
The new allocation of CIB funds has been awarded in the form of a $100,000 grant and a $200,000 loan. If the city accepts the funding, it will extend the time for repayment from 25 years to 30 years.
The measure does not obligate the city to accept the additional funding.
"We don't want to turn the the CIB down. We might need $50,000 or $100,000 of this when it's all said and done," said councilmember Dean Armstrong.
The original award had been split between a $300,000 grant and a zero percent, 25 year loan for the amount of $692,000.
When Helper accepted the original funding, the officials had obligated the city for annual payments of $27,680.
If the officials choose to accept the supplemental loan, the action will obligate Helper for $29,733 annually in repayment.
"This does not obligate the city for the money," said Mayor Mike Dalpiaz.
In order to accept the additional funds, the city must address the issue in a future council meeting.
By adopting the resolution, the city simply expanded its bonding capacity.
By doing so, Helper will avoid additional paperwork if it chooses to accept the funds.
Another option that the city could have pursued would have been to approve the bond and accept the full funding. However, Armstrong noted that the city is not planning on needing the full amount, but that it is foreseeable that the pool will go over budget and the cite may need all or part of the supplemental funds.
Armstrong updated the council on the progress of the bidding process. When the general contractor made requests for proposals, they failed to place any notices in the Sun Advocate. As a result, many local contractors didn't bid in the project. The bids went out again, and will be reviewed after the required advertising period.
Some of the bids in the original proposal were out of line with the requirements of the facility, Armstrong explained. He said that the plumbing for the pool itself and the plumbing for the rest of the building appeared to have been included in two separate bids. he said other duplications were likely and that he and the contractor were working through those bids to see where adjustments could be made.
In the case of the air conditioning system, a single bid was received. And while the bid may have been competitive, the size of the unit was about double what would be needed for the building that is planned.
Armstrong said that those types of issues are being addressed and that additional bidding may be necessary to adjust for those types of corrections.
One of the areas where the city may be able to save a few thousand dollars is in the area of showers. The city had originally requested bids for industrial grade shower units that would withstand vandalism and abuse. Armstrong said that another option is to find out how much it would cost to have a plumber build shower units to the same specifications.
Dalpiaz pointed out that the vandalism that had occurred in the old pool house had been during the seasons when the pool is closed, and that relatively little vandalism occurred when the pool was open. He urged Armstong to keep that in mind when reviewing items like the shower, which the city requested in an effort to combat vandals.
In an unrelated matter, the council addressed issues related to the city's upcoming budget approval process. The matter came up when John Jones presented a proposal to adjust water rates.
Jones had originally wanted to adjust rates in such a way that city residents were encouraged to use water to water lawns and other plants. He said that residents should be encouraged to keep lawns green and keep plants healthy.
However, what started as a push for beautification soon turned to a budget issue. Given the city's current economic situation, the council expects that rates will have to be adjusted to offset deficits in other areas.
Rather than adjust the water rates once before the budget approval process to encourage water usage and then again after the approval process to raise rates, Jones said he would rather do it all at once.
The matter has been again added to the agenda for the May 4 council meeting.