Our interim city engineer wrote a column for the El Paso Times this Sunday.
She said that her engineering and construction management department had made “profound” progress on the projects in the last year. She suggested that we go to buildingtomorrowtogether.com to see their progress, so I did.
The web page lists ten of the projects that we voted for, one of which they have already started construction on. The city was in a hurry on that one so they chose not to bid it out but instead use a “requirements contract”.
This Quality of Life bond project is obviously the most important one (or it would not have been the first one started), it is the “Convention Center North Pedestrian Pathway”.
The pathway will provide a pedestrian entrance to our ball park and is scheduled to be completed by April 2014, just like our ball park. This project is scheduled to cost $500,000. You can decide if it is really part of the ball park costs.
Another project titled “Pedestrian Crossing and Way Finding” will not have it’s first phase bid out either. The city plans to use a “requirements contract” on that one too. Remarkably the web site indicates that construction has not yet started but completion for phase one is scheduled for August 30, 2013. This project will evidently make it easier for pedestrians to find the new ball park.
Tomorrow is right
The buildingtomorrow part is accuate. Of the other eight projects three are scheduled to have construction complete in August 2015. Three, including the children’s museum, do not have anticipated completion dates but are marked as “BEYOND THREE-YEAR ROLLOUT”. One project is scheduled to be completed in August, 2016.
Incredible digital wall
In Something is rotten in the state of Denmark I wrote about a new $3 million digital wall. At the time the city was planning to force five city staff members to go to Denmark to learn about it. The wall is scheduled to be completed in August of 2014. It is a good thing we sent our staff over early, you never know where they might move Denmark to.
According to the web page this project is on schedule. “Urban Planner Consultant selected. Received proposal on October 14, 2014“. For those of you reading this post at a later date please remember that at the time of this posting it was November 2013.
Maybe we should nominate city staff for an award in fiction writing.
For those of you who are either crying or laughing too hard to go look for yourselves, the web site presentation is below:
We deserve better