SEELEYÂ â€“ Kids in Seeley will soonÂ enjoyÂ a new playground asÂ the Imperial County Board of Supervisors awarded the winning bid of $173,856 to A&N Quality Builders for improvement to the existing Seeley Community Park during Mondayâ€™s board meeting.
Improvements to the park will include playground equipment, two shade structures, picnic tables, and two ADA parking spaces.
â€œThe lowest bid we received was from A&N Quality Builders in the amount of $173,856, however, the grant obtained from the Department of Housing and Community Department is not sufficient to cover this amount,â€ advised Colio. “Therefore, we are asking direction from the board to either approve the bid along with an additional $48,206 from the county or direction from you to re-bid the project.â€
Colio also reminded the board that ADA parking spaces and accessibility are required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The board voted unanimously, 5-0, to approve the bid and agreed to cover the $48,206 difference with the countyâ€™s contingency fund.
â€œThis is the first step to do something for this un-incorporated community that desperately needs some assistance, so the children can do something during the summer time when they are outÂ of school,â€ said Michael Kelley, D-3 Supervisor. â€œIt would be an embarrassment if this board would not go forward with this approval today and I also propose we seek funding for a community center for the residents of Seeley,â€ addedÂ Kelley.
Seeley resident Juan Zarate approached the board and spoke on behalf of the Seeley community, asking the board to consider the community need and approve the bid.
â€œI thought we had been forgotten,â€ said another Seeley resident.
On January 14, 2015, the County of Imperial had received an executed contract in the amount of $125,650 from the Stateâ€™s Department of Housing and Community Department to fund improvements to the Seeley Community Park.
On November 17, 2015, the Board approved the plans and specifications to procure a contractor through a public bidding process.Â Two design alternatives were provided for the playground equipment in which a larger playground was selected with the conclusion that a larger structure would best serve the community. Therefore, with the base bid amount of $105,578 and the larger playground in the amount of $68,278, the total bid for A&N Quality Builders amounted to $173,856.