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.