TREASURE ISLAND – City commissioners moved forward on a resolution Oct. 1 to replace a section of seawall next to the new Isle of Capri bridge.
Bridge contractor Johnson Brothers discovered the failing seawall sheets, located on the southeast corner of the south span.
Since the sheets are beyond repair, Johnson Brothers said they must be replaced at a cost of $61,766.47. Compounding matters, the sheets are embedded at a depth of 3- to 4-feet below normal.
The original idea was to complete the replacement during the construction of the Capri bridge. However, funding was delayed until fiscal 2013-14 and the work has now been rescheduled following completion of the bridge.
Funding for the project will be $60,000 from Treasure Island’s LOISS funds and the remainder from the city’s Capital Project Fund account.
Commissioner Carol Coward said she didn’t favor using LOISS funds when there is more than $76,000 available in excess funds for the bridge project.
“I don’t want to take this out of the LOISS funds if we don’t have to because the LOISS funds are what we use to pave our streets,” Coward said. “We’ve put some things off and I don’t know how your streets are, but ours (in Paradise Island) are getting kind of bad. So I would like to see us take this out of the excess money from the bridge.”
City Manager Reid Silverboard said the excess amount from the bridge project is actually less.
“The last thing I saw from the difference in price, or the leftover amount, would only be $61,000,” he said.
“I think it’s too early to take any leftover money there is,” Silverboard said. “The project is not yet completed. Once the project is completed and you get all your bills in, and you know what’s left over, then that’s the time to consider it. Not now.”
Commissioner Alan Bildz agreed.
“I agree with the city manager,” he said. “Once the project is completed, we can take any excess money and pay back the principle and we can take $60,000 out of and repay LOISS.”