SRF Consulting gets feasibility study contract [UPDATED]Published 9:35am Friday, August 30, 2013 Updated 11:37am Friday, August 30, 2013
The Otter Tail County Board has accepted a proposal and approved a financial agreement for a feasibility study on a trail connecting Pelican Rapids and Perham through Maplewood State Park.
The contract for the study was awarded to SRF Consulting, a firm based out of Minneapolis with regional offices in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Nebraska. This will be the third project on which Otter Tail County and SRF have worked together.
West said the County did not get price quotes from any companies and instead chose SRF because of their previous experience with the County.
“We selected SRF based on their past performance,” West said. “One of their real areas of expertise is planning.”
Otter Tail County Public Works Director Rick West said the total contract will be for $66,000, which will be split between four different groups. Otter Tail County will pay approximately $30,000, Pelican Rapids and Perham will each pay approximately $13,000 and PartnerSHIP 4 Health, a local group that works to combat health problems, will contribute $10,000. The West Central Initiative will provide technical assistance throughout the process as well.
“We see this multi-use trail as a really beneficial infrastructure element to provide affordable and accessible exercise to residents of Otter Tail County,” PartnerSHIP 4 Health’s Active Living Planner Patrick Hollister said.
The study will decide whether or not the proposed trail is feasible and, if so, what would be the best way to construct it. West estimated the study could take anywhere from six months to a year to complete, with meetings to update the different groups involved in the project being held regularly along the way.
“It takes time to do it right,” West said.
SRF has yet to begin work on the project, as they have not officially received the signed contract, but they should do so sometime in the next two weeks.