The Exponent Telegram
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
By: Adam Tobias
BRIDGEPORT - An
area developer met with Bridgeport Council during a work session Monday to
provide some information on several proposed projects at Charles Pointe.
Later at its regular meeting, council passed the 2012-13
water fund budget that will result in a rate increase for city residents.
Robert Stuart, director of planning and engineering with
Genesis Partners, told council his company is currently in discussions with 22
engineering and architectural firms on the planned, massive development south
of W.Va. 279 and east of Interstate 79.
Stuart said Genesis Partners will probably select several of
those companies to work on the project since it involves a wide scope and a
variety of different aspects. Genesis
hopes to narrow that number down by the end of June, he added.
According to James Corton, a managing partner with Genesis
Partners, almost $400 million has been secured for the undertaking because of
Charles Pointe being approved by the state as an Economic Opportunity
Development District, or a Sales Tax TIF.
Included in the proposed development are a minor league
baseball field, 400 additional apartment units, a 550,000-square-foot retail
complex, an Italian retail village designed to complement an upscale Tuscany
resort area, a 99,000-square-foot recreation center and new hotels.
But Corton said he is most excited about the planned
400-room resort that will connect to a new conference center by a skywalk. The resort is expected to consist of a water
park with an all-glass retractable roof, zip line areas, an amphitheater, an
ice skating rink and outdoor water amenities, he added.
In other business, Council approved a $3.15 million water
fund budget that Finance Director Monica Musgrave says will lead to rate
increases of about 4 percent.
“(The budget) does take into account Phase 2 and 3 of a
water rate increase that was approved previously … our rate increases are
approximately 4 percent per year,” Musgrave added.
Musgrave attributed part of the rate hike to the city having
to absorb Clarksburg’s water rate increase.
Inflation and employee pay raises also played a factor, she added.
Musgrave said the budget includes $630,000 in capital
projects within the water system.
the $442,514 cemetery fund budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year.
The budget incorporates an
ordinance approved Monday by council that doubles the rate for monuments that
are purchased from outside vendors.
a bid to Dodd General Contractors Corp. for the repair and replacement of
concrete streets in the city in 2012.
Council allotted $87,580 for the
project, as well as 10 percent in contingency for any additional necessary
the city to lease a water line from the Clarksburg Water Board that extends
from the east side of Interstate 79 to White Oaks.
on first reading an ordinance prohibiting the use of electronic communications
devices without hands-free equipment while driving.
Bridgeport attorney Dean Ramsey
said the ordinance mirrors the legislation that was recently approved by the
the second reading of an ordinance establishing the grade and step salary
schedule for city employees in the 2012-13 fiscal year.
The new schedule takes into
account the 3 percent pay raise for city workers that council approved in the
2012-13 fiscal budget.
a budget revision regarding $60,000 in excess funds from the hotel occupancy
Musgrave said the money will be
split up between the visitors bureau and park land development.