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City Council has big decisions looming for Riverfront Park
BY ROBYN SIDERSKY
Every member of the Fredericksburg City Council wants there to be a Riverfront Park. They just don’t agree on when and how it should be done.
For the first time, all seven members clearly vocalized support for the park at a work session last week. From there, however, it gets more complicated.
Council members George Solley, Kerry Devine and Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw seemed to want to move forward with awarding the contract to design the park.
Councilmen Brad Ellis, Fred Howe and Matt Kelly weren’t ready to take that step.
Councilwoman Bea Paolucci was not ready to sign the contract either, and was trying to understand the differences between the council members’ views.
The next major decision the council will have to make is what action to take on the request for proposals that was put out for a concept design.
The Riverfront Task Force reviewed 10 options and awarded a $99,656 design contract to Rhodeside & Harwell. But some council members have concerns over the contract.
One concern is what work would be done by city staff and what would be done by a contractor.
Another centers on environmental issues with the land—of which the city and the design firm are aware.
So the council essentially has two options:
It could accept the contract and modify it to be more specific, or it could put out a new request for proposals, redefining the scope of the work.
Greenlaw said she thinks the council will have to make a decision about the contract before the end of the month.
“We have a response that needs a decision, so it will have to come up at the next meeting,” she said.
Paolucci summed up the issues between council members by saying, “The devil’s in the details. We haven’t agreed on the details.”
Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413