Council OKs contracts for Sooner Park pavilion, Hillcrest Drive project

September 4, 2019

The Bartlesville City Council took action on several projects during their Sept. 3 meeting, including:

Sooner Park Pavilion

The council voted to approve a contract to construct a new 40-foot hexagon-shaped pavilion in Sooner Park. The pavilion will be located in the northwestern portion of the park, where playground equipment was removed following the installation of new playground equipment in the park earlier this year. Funding for the pavilion, $107,855, will come from the sale of older playground equipment at Sooner and Johnstone parks and funds remaining from the Civitan Park Shelter and Daniels Fields lighting projects. The pavilion project should be complete by the end of the year.

Hillcrest Drive reconstruction design

The council voted 5-0 to approve a contract with Olsson for design services on the Hillcrest reconstruction project, set to begin next year. The project, approved by voters in the 2013 half-cent sales tax election for Capital Improvement Projects, consists of reconstructing Hillcrest Drive between 18th Street and the Caney River Bridge. Olsson will complete the engineering design on the project by Aug. 30, 2020, for a fee of $156,500.

Tower Center at Unity Square

The council approved a change order on the Tower Center at Unity Square project following a recommendation from project manager and Water Utilities Director Terry Lauritsen. Approved by voters in the 2018 General Obligation Bond Election, the project consists of the construction of a community green space between the Bartlesville Community Center and the Price Tower.

Voters approved $1.75 million in funding for the project, while donations and grants currently total more than $400,000. Lauritsen said Tuesday there is just over $2 million available for the project and more donations are expected in the future. Because of the additional funding, some design elements previously removed in an effort to reduce costs are being added back in. The change order approved by the council on Tuesday adds a total of $12,484 in additional costs for the project. It is expected that several more change order proposals will be brought to the council as the project proceeds based on additional funding, Lauritsen said. For more information about the bid packages for this project, see the City Council’s agenda packet for the Sept. 3 meeting.

18-hole disc golf course

The council voted 5-0 to support a proposal from Jon Lindblom of Safari Smiles for the installation of an 18-hole disc golf course on property owned by the City of Bartlesville. The course will be located on 45 acres lying north of Lee Lake, which is part of 194 acres owned by the City. Lindblom, who addressed the council Tuesday, said the course is located far enough to the north of the lake that other park users will not be impacted.

Lindblom will work with a professional disc golf course designer and City staff to layout the course, which will meet standards for tournament/competition play. Once a final design has been prepared, likely by late fall or winter, the project will go back to the Park Board for final approval. Lindblom has agreed to pay all costs associated with course design, equipment, professional signage and installation. Once constructed, the course will be maintained by a local disc golf club.

Next meeting

The City Council is scheduled to meet for a workshop meeting on Sept. 17 to discuss several items including the Price Fields Complex Renovation Project, the Solid Waste Survey conducted recently, and half-cent sales tax CIP and General Obligation Bond elections likely to occur next year. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 401 S. Johnstone. The public is invited to attend.