PLEASANT VIEW -- The city had planned to accept a bid for continued work on the AG Detention Basin at approximately 600 W. 3750 North, but put the project on hold when the bids came in much higher than expected.
Some of the neighbors around the basin may be upset, Mayor Doug Clifford said, but "I think this is, in fact, a blessing in disguise."
He said with the work looming ahead on 600 West, it would be better to focus on and complete that project first.
The lowest bid came in at $221,000, which was much more than the city had expected, and the other bids were even higher, Clifford said.
He said the basin is in much better condition than it was a year ago with soil sloughing off.
"It looked like yards were sliding down into the basin."
Councilman Michael Humphreys said he had twice climbed the fence around the basin to get a good look at it and that the city should do more soil testing before proceeding with work there.
"Maybe we can tweak it (the project) and save $50,000 to $60,000," he said.
Clifford did say the detention basin needs to be revegetated and maintained.
"It is not turning back into a duck pond," he said.
Several residents who live near the detention basin have attended past council meetings and said they liked the basin as the duck pond it had become and that they considered it a wetlands.
Recently, one of those residents said there are natural springs in the detention basin and it should have remained wetlands, but now that Pleasant View has started cleaning up the basin, the city should just finish what has been started.
City Engineer Brandon Jones said alternatives to the expensive work could include using some of the natural material on the site.
He said the city could use the good material and haul away the bad, and this might save the cost of bringing in all-new materials.
Jones said he was comfortable with postponing the project and that the only risk would be how much moisture comes over the winter, which is out of the city's control.
Clifford said the basin looks better now than it has in a long time. The city had the area mowed three times over the summer, he said, and maintenance has been done by hand.
He also noted that vegetation is helping to hold the slope in place.
Council members voted unanimously to postpone the project, with Michael Humphreys abstaining from the vote. Humphreys is a developer in Pleasant View.