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Mooney Park planning design for renovations

By LAUREN LANGLOIS staffwriter@hammondstar.com

Hammond City Council Member Devon Wells said the city is planning to redo Mooney Park and is working on the design of the renovations.

The city has put on hold the restroom replacement project for the park, he said during the council meeting Tuesday.

Instead, the money to replace the restroom will go toward renovating the entire park. The council agreed to reduce the park restrooms project's budget by $55,989 as a result of removing Mooney Park from the contract.

The council also added 71 days to the contract period for constructing new park restrooms. The contract is now $230,011. The project is expected to be substantially completed by April 2.

In other action, the council also signed off on the contractor for canal improvements for fiscal year 2019. Beverly Industries was chosen at a cost of $372,765.

City Engineer Chuck Spangler said bids for canal improvements came in over budget, partly because of the work that is needed to fix the J.W. Davis pedestrian bridge. The council approved adding $70,000 to the budget for canal improvements.

The money was transferred from a fund for drainage improvements that has not yet been contracted.

Also, the council expanded the conditional use of a property at 1208 W. University Ave. so that it can be used as a group care facility for no more than eight people.

The council tabled Spencer Rossie's request to appeal the decision of the Hammond Historic District Commission, which denied his application to relocate two properties, one at 207 W. Morris Ave. and the other at 211 W. Morris Ave. Rossie requested that the appeal be tabled.