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Poth EDC continues park improvements
WCN CorrespondentMay 16, 2012 | 1,527 views | 8 comments
POTH -- In the ongoing park beautification effort, the Poth Economic Development Corp. (PEDC) has been presented with more finalized plans for a new restroom to be constructed in Railroad Park. At the last meeting, the winning design, created by a team of students from the University of Texas at San Antonio, was announced to the public.
Since then, the students have modified their designs; the most notable change was scaling down the square footage to save on costs. As a further money-saving measure and building on the idea of environmental sustainability, the bathroom will sport a sloped corrugated tin roof that runs into an 8-foot-tall rain storage cistern; captured rainwater can be used to water the surrounding landscape.
The council responded with apparent enthusiasm for the methods in which the structure uses its environment.
“It was the most architecturally interesting design,” PEDC Director Chrystal Eckel offered regarding the PEDC’s selection.
Mayor Travis Pruski suggested an option for showers to be added, giving bikers and joggers an opportunity to rinse off. With the Ride to Remember bike ride that the city hosts every year, showers are considered appealing for bikers who travel long distances for the event.
The city still has the option to change details as time goes on.
The EDC considered two construction options. Either the city could act as its own contractor, organizing the construction on its own, or bids could be invited from local companies for construction.
PEDC members Marcelo Laijas and Clifton Zaiontz were in favor of the city acting as its own contractor. However, self-contracting was viewed as a possible legal liability in the event of problems.
In a 4-2 vote, the PEDC decided to invite bids for the job. The plans will then be made available to the public.
Construction is anticipated to begin in June, at the earliest, following the bid process.
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