South Elgin hires Lamp Construction to oversee improvements being made to Panton Mill Park

The contractors hired to supervise construction of South Elgin’s two new fire stations have been tapped to oversee work to be done at Panton Mill Park on the village’s riverfront.

South Elgin Village Board trustees approved a $413,470 contract Monday with Elgin-based Lamp Construction Co. to assist village officials with the daily operations of the construction work, which is scheduled to be completed in time for next August’s annual Riverfest.

The new park is to include a bandshell/stage, concessions stand and restrooms, splash pad, pavilion/shelter and other amenities.

A final design plan with specific cost totals is to be presented early next year, Parks and Recreation Director Kim Wascher said. Bid requests will start going out in February to keep the project on a tight schedule, she said.

The agreement with Lamp covers pre-construction services, direct project supervision, additional general conditions costs, construction services and other work, according to village board documents.

Lamp Construction is in charge of construction of South Elgin and Countryside Fire Protection District’s new South Elgin fire stations 21 and 23, both of which are to be completed in 2020. The former is being built at 1090 Spring St., replacing the district’s current South Elgin fire headquarters on West State Street, and the latter at 498 South Elgin Blvd.

Village Administrator Steve Super told the board he spoke with fire district officials and was told they were satisfied with Lamp’s management of their projects and the progress being made on the buildings.

In November, the village board hired Wight and Co. to do the design for the new park at fee of $241,500. The raised band shell/stage on the park’s north side is to be used for musical performances and other events and a nearby picnic shelter is to accommodate dozens of people and protect visitors from inclement weather.

A “comfort building” near the center of the park will house concessions, storage space and restrooms, officials said.

The nearly 4-acre park will also have more pedestrian sidewalks and connections to the regional paths that run through South Elgin. A village drop box will be relocated to accommodate a splash pad and minor upgrades are planned for the village hall’s main entrance exterior.