Woods city officials prepare for capital improvement projects

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published January 30, 2018

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Repairs at the Lake Front Park Activities Building are among several capital improvement projects on the horizon for the City of Grosse Pointe Woods.

A special Grosse Pointe Woods City Council meeting was held Jan. 24 in which the council approved several projects 4-0. Council members Vicki Granger, Michael Koester and George McMullen were absent.

At the meeting, the council approved roof replacements at the Activities Building, bids for parking lot repairs at four separate locations, and bids for a bathhouse boiler replacement at Lake Front Park.

The council approved an amount not to exceed $29,405 for the roof repairs. The city’s engineers, Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick Inc., located in Shelby Township, recommended the removal and replacement of the upper roof.  

A total of $16,355 was approved for J & J Roofing in Roseville to replace the roof, along with a $3,000 contingency to replace any damaged wood if needed. The remaining $10,050 was approved for K&S Ventures in Auburn Hills to fix the ventilation system in the Activities Building.

“It needs to be done as soon as we can,” Mayor Pro Tem Arthur Bryant said.

According to a memorandum from Director of Public Services Frank Schulte to City Administrator Bruce Smith, the Activities Building roof is past its useful life, has missing shingles, and is leaking in multiple locations, causing damage to the racquetball court. The roof presently is covered with tarps in an effort to avoid further damage to the building’s interior.

City officials are prepared to solicit bids for parking lot repairs at four separate locations: City Hall at 20025 Mack Plaza Drive; the City’s Department of Public Works at 1200 Parkway Drive; and the Jackson and Bramcaster parking lots at Ghesquiere Park, located next to City Hall.

City officials also will seek bids for the bathhouse boiler replacement at Lake Front Park. According to officials, the original boiler was installed in 1975 and has become unreliable and now requires numerous repairs.

The council also approved authorization for AEW to perform a study on the heating, cooling and ventilation system at the City Hall complex, which includes the City Hall, community center, public safety and municipal court buildings.

The plan is to review the buildings and highlight actions that need to be taken to maintain building operations, enhance equipment efficiency, and determine age and expected life span of equipment — such as boilers and air handling units — within the buildings.