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The cost came in higher than anticipated, but Flossie Overman Discovery Park on North 11th Street will become a reality later this year with construction scheduled to begin this summer.

The Philomath City Council approved a $239,172 construction bid from Knife River during its April 8 meeting. The city received a grant from the state for $201,756 with the balance to be paid for through system development charges revenue that’s designated for parks.

“We’re still going to be over budget from what we thought we were going to be but also recognize that original bid was from about 3 to 3-1/2 years ago now, so prices have gone up a little bit and we’re seeing some of that here,” City Manager Chris Workman said.

The original cost estimate came in at around $255,000. Workman said the city negotiated with the low bidder.

“We changed the design a little bit,” Workman said. “We cut out some landscaping and some other things that we’re hoping to rely on some volunteers to do for us and we were able to get the bid down to just under $240,000.”

The city had originally planned to build the park last year — a requirement attached to the grant was that it be paid for by the end of October. But planning and engineering delays forced the city to apply for a one-year extension from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

Public Works Director Kevin Fear and the city engineer oversaw the process.

The awarding of the contract came attached with two conditions — the successful execution of the change order with Knife River and that the city receives no bid protest during a seven-day period following the approval.

The council approved the contract on a 5-0 vote (Doug Edmonds absent, Matthew Thomas abstained). Thomas recused himself because Knife River contracts with the company that he works for as a certified flagger.

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