NEW BRITAIN - More than a year of planning and design work on a new pool for A.W. Stanley Park may reach its conclusion when the Common Council discusses the $5.5 million project in its meeting tonight.
The council could authorize the city’s purchasing agent to issue a purchase order of almost $5.5 million and enter into a contract with Banton Construction Co. of North Haven. Banton had the lowest bid of the six companies that bid on the project.
Eric Barbieri, director of the city’s Parks and Recreation Eepartment, told The Herald in May that the condition of the current Stanley Park pool has deteriorated drastically in recent years and it has become burdensome to repair.
The Common Council approved funding for the project in February 2016. Initially bonded for about $8 million, it was scaled back to its current cost.
The council will discuss other projects tonight, including building a dog park in the city.
According to the resolution by Alderman Jim Sanders,Jr., the city has received several requests from residents asking that a dog park be built in one of the city’s parks.
The resolution asks the council to transfer $25,000 from the city’s General Fund Contingency and transfer it to the Parks and Recreation Department for construction contracts. It suggests the dog park be built in Washington Park, at 61 Carmody St.
Finally, the council is expected to give its support for the Eddy Glover Boulevard Traffic Safety Improvements Project, which will be paid for mostly through Federal Highway Administration funds.
It will reconfigure the section between McClintock Street and Commonwealth Avenue to a modified traffic circle.
According to the city, the new traffic circle will reduce conflict points and normalize traffic operations.
The Public Works Department held an informational session on the project in August.
The Common Council will meet at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers in City Hall.