Greene County Commissioners on Thursday awarded a new offer to Raffle Construction for the first phase of the Wisecarver Recreation Area in the amount of $952,545.
The commissioners also approved a change order with Macklin Engineering in the amount of $35,000 for additional services to be performed at the Wisecarver Recreation Area softball facility and hiking trails.
Commissioner Chairman Mike Belding said the improvement project includes three league-grade softball fields, fencing and dugouts. The 425 acres of land will also include seven miles of off-road biking trails, two camping areas and a signaged ADA-accessible nature trail.
“We’re going to set it up like fairways on a golf course,” he said. “We’re also going to have a driving range with signage like state parks. There is also water on the ground so we will have boat ramps for canoes and kayaks. People will also have the opportunity to visit the site and watch the birds.
Preliminary plans for the project west of Waynesburg were made in 2008 or 2009, but the project was delayed for several years due to high cost. At that time, the county applied for $3.2 million in grants through the United States Department of Economics Administration (EDA), but the funding was denied.
“The commissioners thought the project was vital to the community, so we relaunched it in 2020,” Belding said. “The project will enhance economic growth and attract visitors to the area.”
He said the project went up for auction in 2021.
“But when the initial contract was launched, they ran into all sorts of problems,” he said, explaining why the project was renewed. “It just wasn’t financially feasible at the time.”
Belding said construction on the project will begin within a month or two.
“We’re about a year behind because of all the technical issues,” he said.
The new offer is pending engineer, controller and attorney approval.
In another matter, the commissioners approved a proposal by Remington & Vernick Engineers to design, bid and construct the Silveus Building Project, a business incubator project, for a total cost of $164,400 plus expenses not to exceed $5,000.
The money will be paid out of Law 13 funds and used to top up a $1.4 million USDA grant.
In another action, commissioners approved the following applications for small business assistance (FASBA) through the Community Development Block Grant programs for the following amounts: Gemms, $50,000; Hinerman Inc., $50,000; Quality Inn, $50,000; Transit Kings, $16,000.
Approval depends on the financial analysis to approve the FASBA application.
In other cases, Commissioners:
n Approved the appointment of Jeffrey Marshall, Chief County Clerk, to continue as a member of the Southwest Corner Workforce Development Council, effective August 1, 2022 through July 31, 2024. He will represent the category of government, economic and community development .
n Approved a request from the Carmichaels Historical Society for a financial donation in the amount of $7,500 to help open the Olde Mill Museum.
n Acceptance of the 2021 county audit carried out by Maher Duessel. No issues were found, officials said.
n Approved agreements for the care and maintenance of 1,060 veterans’ graves at $3 per grave for a total amount of $3,180.