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Laurel Park Council awards park contract

The Laurel Park town council awarded a $94,500 contract on Tuesday to Revis Grading of Zirconia for work to complete phase II of the Rhododendron Lake Nature Park project.

The work includes dredging and sediment placement ($61,000), repair of stream along Primrose Lane ($3,500), boardwalks ($8,500), a weir, or barrier to reflow the water, with stepping stones ($16,000), a dock, kudzu removal and tree and brush clearing.
Although seven contractors picked up the plans, only two submitted bids and one of those was late. The $94,500 bid by Frank Revis was under the $111,000 the town budgeted for the project.
Work should begin within two weeks and may be done by Thanksgiving. That will come as a relief to homeowners overlooking the lake, who have been complaining about the drained lake.
“I empathize with people that are bordering the park,” said Councilman Paul Hansen, who has been helping to oversee the project. “People are misinterpreting the effort that we are doing. We drained the lake to replace the drain that had rusted out. We removed about fish.”
One example of an exaggerated story, council members said, occurred when residents noticed a truck from Hendersonville’s water department, which was using its water line camera to help Laurel Park’s crew.
“Some people thought that this truck that brought the camera was actually a pumper truck dumping out there,” O’Cain said.