On Monday, City Engineer John Krywicki brought a request before Commissioners to get authorization to advertise for bids for the Santa Fe Depot Parking Lot Improvements Project.

On Monday, City Engineer John Krywicki brought a request before Commissioners to get authorization to advertise for bids for the Santa Fe Depot Parking Lot Improvements Project.

Not everyone was pleased to hear the news.

Monty Garner, Santa Fe Depot neighbor and local contractor, voiced concerns about accessibility once the project starts.

When the agenda item was pulled for discussion, Mayor Richard Finley said the plans submitted by the city engineering department do not provide for back door access to Garner's business, which butts against the museum's parking lot.

“It's my understanding that those details are all going to be worked out,” Finley said.

Currently, the engineering department is preparing design plans for the future parking lot improvements, as well as to the existing Santa Fe Depot facility. The conceptual layout has been reviewed and approved by Museum Director Ken Landry, Krywicki said.

City Manager Justin Erickson said the plans are roughly 50- to 60-percent complete at this time, but did prefer that bidding go ahead, as scheduled.

“I discussed the issue with the engineer and I believe there's enough time to make accommodations as plans are finalized,” he said.

He said the project will come before commissioners again, at which time the board can decline bids if measures do not meet specifications.

The parking lot surfacing is proposed to be actual brick pavers instead of stamped concrete.

Street Department employees have been separating and storing the usable brick pavers removed from Main Street during the Streetscape Project.

Now, with City Commission unanimously voting in favor of authorization, he said the department will complete the design plans and advertise the project the first week in August, and have the bid opening scheduled for the first meeting in September.

Finley thanked Garner for bringing the issue to the board's attention and assured him that the matter will be taken into account as the project moves forward.

You can reach Vicky O. Misa at (405) 214-3962.