Brighton City Council Awards Imagination Station Clean Up Contract

The construction will be completed no later than Oct. 28.

members voted to approve a $80,129 contract with Corrigan Construction to clean up Imagination Station in a 5-1 vote during its meeting Thursday night.

Council member Larry Schillinger cast the lone dissenting vote, with council member Jim Muzzine abstaining because of his employment with .


Corrigan had the lowest of two proposals and agreed to the city's terms of a completion date no later than Oct. 28, providing a project manager with contact information and provide necessary licensing and insurance policies.

The city also required a plan to how the workers and volunteers would protect themselves from the arsenic in the playground.

Matthew Schindewolf, director of public services, said the company would start moving tools, equipment and even start some work on Friday. 

Work would continue on weekends as well, according to Schindewolf.

"We are fully aware, as are the contractors, that we are entering into a questionable season - the good thing is that we're looking at very good weather at least through Wednesday of next week and potentially beyond," he said. "I have confidence in Corrigan Construction that they will be able to meet this guideline."

Corrigan Construction will follow the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) standards. A woolen mat will be laid over the existing mulch, wood chips will be replaced and a sealant will be applied to the wood.

"The wood chips do not carry any material," Schindewolf said. "The way that the arsenic gets into the material on the ground and into the soild is through rain, snow and moisture. When the play station is sealed again, it is going to prevent the leaching of that material out of the wood."

After the sealant is applied, it will need to be reapplied every other year, which is pretty standard, acccording to Schindewolf.

Council member Claudia Roblee is working to merge a grand opening party for the play structure with the downtown Halloween festivities on Oct. 31.

Lindsay Leppek October 08, 2011 at 01:43 AM
I would be interested to see if the end result keeps that bid at the proposed $80,129, or if there becomes additional expenses totaling the above amount.
Nicole Krawcke October 08, 2011 at 03:28 AM
Lindsay, the contract stated that expenses were not to exceed the agreed upon amount without prior approval from the City Council. In addition, the city already spent more than $8,000 on consulting and testing the play scape during the summer.
Tanya McGill - McGill September 14, 2012 at 04:16 PM
i go to this park quite often and I would like to see more items for children that have disablities as well as more items for children that are 2 and under could play with. My son is 2 and is always being kicked off the tire swing and other stuff due to over age teens and children that are older playing on them. And I get upset when teenager are outside the bathrooms smoking on the playground area. I would like to see some new changes.


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