Wetlands platform could be built in Lakeside Park
by David Atchison
PELL CITY — The City Council could approve soliciting bids for a new wetlands platform for Lakeside Park to start the New Year off on solid ground.

City manager Patrick Draper said the council could approve soliciting bids for the wetlands project at the Jan. 14 council meeting.

He said there is probably enough time to get the project done before Alabama Power Company begins raising the water level of Logan Martin Lake.

The wetlands project is a long awaited project by the Logan Martin Lake Protection Association.

Mike Riley, LMLPA president, said the nonprofit organization has done “all the leg work” and raised funds for the wetlands project.

“All the city has to do is maintain the platform,” Riley said.

The wetlands project has been in the works for years.

“All the permits have been secured,” Riley said.

LMLPA also raised about $20,000 to pay for the project.

“This is a gift from us to the city of Pell City,” Riley said.

Draper said funding is the only thing that could hold the project up, if bids come in higher than anticipated.

“Otherwise, I think there’s probably enough time to complete the project this winter,” he said.

APC normally starts bringing up the lake’s water level April 1. The lake generally reaches full summer pool in May.

Riley said are so many people, businesses and organizations that have helped moved the wetlands project forward.

“We have had a lot of help,” he said. “It’s going to be a wonderful thing.”

Workers will construct the platform in the wetlands area, adjacent to the walking trail and the outdoor theater inside Lakeside Park.

The city will construct a short paved path from the walking trail to the composite-type lumber platform.

Riley said composite materials are more durable.

“We are going to make something that’s going to last for a while,” he said.

Riley said the platform will span out about 60 feet and across 60 feet in a t-shape. The wetland is covered by shallow water during the spring and summer months and attract a wide-range of birds and animals. The platform will allow visitors and students to see animal and plant life in the wetlands up close.

“I think it’s going to change the looks out there for the good,” said James McGowan, council president, who supports the construction of the new wetlands platform.

The wetlands project also has the support of the Mayor Joe Funderburg.

“This is something long overdue in Pell City,” Funderburg said, adding that will help preserve our natural resources.

Riley said if bids for the project come in higher than anticipated, LMLPA will move forward with raising more funds for the construction of the wetlands platform.

David Atchison at datchison@dailyhome.com.

PELL CITY — The City Council could approve soliciting bids for a new wetlands platform for Lakeside Park to start the New Year off on solid ground.

City manager Patrick Draper said the council could approve soliciting bids for the wetlands project at the Jan. 14 council meeting.

He said there is probably enough time to get the project done before Alabama Power Company begins raising the water level of Logan Martin Lake.

The wetlands project is a long awaited project by the Logan Martin Lake Protection Association.

Mike Riley, LMLPA president, said the nonprofit organization has done “all the leg work” and raised funds for the wetlands project.

“All the city has to do is maintain the platform,” Riley said.

The wetlands project has been in the works for years.

“All the permits have been secured,” Riley said.

LMLPA also raised about $20,000 to pay for the project.

“This is a gift from us to the city of Pell City,” Riley said.

Draper said funding is the only thing that could hold the project up, if bids come in higher than anticipated.

“Otherwise, I think there’s probably enough time to complete the project this winter,” he said.

APC normally starts bringing up the lake’s water level April 1. The lake generally reaches full summer pool in May.

Riley said are so many people, businesses and organizations that have helped moved the wetlands project forward.

“We have had a lot of help,” he said. “It’s going to be a wonderful thing.”

Workers will construct the platform in the wetlands area, adjacent to the walking trail and the outdoor theater inside Lakeside Park.

The city will construct a short paved path from the walking trail to the composite-type lumber platform.

Riley said composite materials are more durable.

“We are going to make something that’s going to last for a while,” he said.

Riley said the platform will span out about 60 feet and across 60 feet in a t-shape. The wetland is covered by shallow water during the spring and summer months and attract a wide-range of birds and animals. The platform will allow visitors and students to see animal and plant life in the wetlands up close.

“I think it’s going to change the looks out there for the good,” said James McGowan, council president, who supports the construction of the new wetlands platform.

The wetlands project also has the support of the Mayor Joe Funderburg.

“This is something long overdue in Pell City,” Funderburg said, adding that will help preserve our natural resources.

Riley said if bids for the project come in higher than anticipated, LMLPA will move forward with raising more funds for the construction of the wetlands platform.

David Atchison at datchison@dailyhome.com.

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