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Commissioners To Vote On McGill Associates’ $52,000 Bid To Inspect Business Park Property Along NC 194

By Jesse Wood

May 16, 2013. McGill Associates submitted a $52,000 bid to perform due diligence and preliminary engineering analysis on the 199-acre property that the Watauga County Board of Commissioners purchased for $1.7 million with the purpose of creating a business park along N.C. 194 in between Boone and Todd.

url-1The purchase includes a five-month inspection period, at which point the county could back out of the deal.

At its Tuesday meeting, the commissioners will vote on the proposed contract with McGill Associates, which has been reviewed by County Attorney Four Eggers with suggested amendments.

The consulting services are to be completed by July 31.

According to information provided in Tuesday’s meeting packet, the scope of services is as follows:

  • I. Phase One Environmental Assessment including wetland delineation, threatened and endangered survey and “desktop” cultural resource review.
  • 2. Geotechnical evaluation including 14 borings spaced according to the topography of the site and to determine depth to rock and character of soils.
  • 3. Topographic survey to 2-foot contour interval utilizing photogrammetry supplemented by field reconnaissance.
  • 4. Boundary survey to produce a propet1y plat suitable for recordation.
  • 5.  Preliminary water and sewer analysis including preliminary cost estimates with emphasis on-site alternatives (i.e., deep water supply wells and septic drain fields).
  • 6. Compilation of due diligence materials and documentation for formal presentation to the Watauga County EDC. 
  • 7. Complete administrative oversight of the above services to assure completion of all work by July 31, 2013.
  • 8. Total Maximum Not-to-Exceed Fee- $52,085.00