Posted: Mar 21, 2013 7:41 PM by Robin O'Day - MTN News
Updated: Mar 21, 2013 7:43 PM
POLSON - If you enjoy summertime by the lake in Polson, it's about to get much more enjoyable.
The city is undergoing a $500,000 project to install a new dock, fishing pier and trails.
Still to come, a path to connect Sacajawea and Riverside Parks by creating a continuous walkway under the bridge. At the last City Council Meeting, there's was no doubt to push forward with the project.
Dan Morrison, city commissioner, said everyone wants to get it done fast. "The Council totally agreed and it was a unanimous decision."
The Polson Redevelopment Agency and the Council decided to embrace a design-build concept which lets the builder create the waterfront additions, which the agency thinks is simpler and more effective.
Polson Parks Director Karen Sargeant said, "Use their expertise and their knowledge of the lake and the river to give us the best bang for our buck if you will. Give us the best design, so that they can build it in the best amount of time and it looks great and it will hold up, that's the main thing, for many years.
Another part of the project is to replace the existing dock, which needs to be done when water levels are low, so the clock is ticking.
Sargeant said first, the city has to remove concrete pieces already there. "We have to remove the concrete pieces that are there now and we have to do that at low water, so we can get a crane over there and lift them off."
Sargeant says the weather is pushing the project along and it's also a driving force in the design, to make sound structures to last against big storms and ice jams.
"This design build concept allows these builders to put those things that they know they have to be there, the structural components that have to be there," she said.
And, hopefully, stand the test of time for generations of residents and visitors to enjoy.
Morrison said he thinks it will be excellent for the town. "More access to the water, that's why we're here," he said.
Construction on the dock and the path will likely begin in late May.
Most of the waterfront project funding is coming from Tax Increment Financing, as well as other resources.