Tag: Knickerbocker

Knickerbocker Creek Trail Gets the Go Ahead

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 27, 2014 – The Big Bear Lake City Council, in a 2 to 3 vote, gave the nod to move ahead with the Knickerbocker Creek Multi-Use Trail Project. The Council had previously directed city staff to reject all ‘over budget’ bids and then renegotiate in order to lower costs. The total project price tag of $1,725,000. will be funded with a $510,000. grant from SANBAG as well as a $350,000. transportation/natural resources grant, plus $855,000. of local Measure Y funds, designated by voter approval for visitor enhancements. According to City Engineer David Lawrence, as much as 30% in additional labor costs is required because of state prevailing wage and grant requirements. And he also stated that without outside funding, this project would not be possible. The new Knickerbocker Multi-Use Trail will link Veterans Park at the lake, with additional parking near the heart of the newly refurbished village. Proposed bridges will cross the creek at the park and at the new parking facility, enhancing access to shopping and dining. In order to keep expenses down and in line, recycled village light posts as well as surplus pavers will be used in the project. Swapping concrete for wooden fencing has also helped cut costs. M.S. Construction Management Group will be awarded the contract and work should begin soon after the Labor Day holiday weekend....

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BBL City Council Awards Capital Improvement Contracts

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 16, 2014 – During Monday nights’ meeting of the Big Bear Lake City Council, several capital improvement contracts were awarded with one large project in particular, rejected.  Contracts for the Knickerbocker parking lot, the Paine to Bartlett sidewalk and sewer lift rehabilitation were awarded.  But a 1.5 million dollar project designed to create the Knickerbocker Creek Trail and pedestrian bridge was rejected, as all 4 bids exceeded 2 million dollars. Even with partial transportation grant funding, the majority of the budget was from city coffers including local measure Y funds.  In order to keep the Knickerbocker Trail project in the pipeline, the council approved spending no more than 1.65 million dollars and directed City Engineer David Lawrence to change the scope and lower the costs by repurposing street lights, grading material, and pavers from the recently completed Village reconstruction. Lawrence told the council he believes with the changes, the project will soon be back on track and within budget.   The pedestrian bridge portion of this  project will connect the Knickerbocker parking lot directly with the center of the Village shopping and dining district.  In other city news the Council will soon, in a workshop,  tackle a rewrite of the City’s Mission...

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Big Bear Lake City Council Meets Tonight

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