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Traverse City Public Pier RFQ

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For the City Engineering Department

May 15, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Missy Luick, Planning and Engineering Assistant (231) 922-4778 mluick@traversecitymi.gov

Request for Qualifications issued for Traverse City Public Pier project                                                                

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN – A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) has been issued by a committee formed by the City of Traverse City to seek, screen and interview candidates to complete the design of a Traverse City Pier. A complete copy of the RFQ is available by clicking the RFQ PDF below. Additional project information can be found on the City of Traverse City’s web site, http://www.traversecitymi.gov/tcpublicpier.asp. Responses must be submitted by June 12, 2014.   

The committee will screen responses, interview selected candidates and will provide the City Commission with a recommended candidate for the project. The City will then strive to work with the candidate to finalize a definitive scope of work and budget for the project that is a significant element of the City’s Bayfront Plan. The design project was made possible by a $232,000 grant from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust under their Great Lakes Access Grant program. The design project is scheduled for completion no later than June of 2015.

The goal of the project is to complete the design, preliminary engineering, environmental studies and construction specifications for an approximate 550 foot universally accessible fishing pier at the mouth of the Boardman River. The purpose is to provide unique, outstanding access for people of all ages, needs and abilities to fish for migratory and other fish species, learn about the importance of the Great Lakes and the importance of stewardship and the value and opportunities involving the recreational fishery. The project area runs west to Clinch Park and surrounds the Boardman River mouth. 

“In addition to completing the design, the selected contractor will also be required to include opportunities for public input and ideas throughout the process,” said Missy Luick of Traverse City’s Planning Department. “The contractor will be required to respond to all questions and suggestions involving the project. We encourage interests to go to our web site and begin submitting input at any time.”

Committee members include:  Cathie Ballard-Cunningham, a Traverse City resident and former chief of Michigan’s Coastal Management Program; Traverse City Mayor Michael Estes; Todd Kalish, Lake Michigan Basin Coordinator, Dept. of Natural Resources Fisheries Division;  Steve Largent, Grand Traverse Conservation District;  Eric Olsen of the Natural Resources Department, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa Indians; Traverse City Commissioner Ross Richardson; Ryan Matuszak, Former President of the Grand Traverse Sport Fishing Association and Charter Boat Operator; and Jack Knol, area architect and developer.  Missy Luick of the Traverse City Planning Department is coordinating the project for the City with the assistance of City Manager Jered Ottenwess, Planning Director Russ Soyring and City Engineer Tim Lodge.  Tim Ervin, a consultant with the Northsky Nonprofit Network is facilitating the project.