PASCAGOULA -- A buried house and foot-deep paving increased the cost of the Point Park renovations.
The Pascagoula City Council approved $54,970 more for the project during a meeting Thursday, bringing the total cost to $1,321,412.81, still under budget.
The reason is two-fold. A buried house was found on the old Templett property that is now part of Point Park, said Darcie Crew, city parks and recreation director.
It wasn't, however, a remnant from a storm or disaster. "It was intentionally buried there," Crew said.
Workers even found a blow dryer and remote control in the debris.
But, removing the 500 cubic yards of debris increased the cost.
Another issue is a need for more fill dirt. Officials assessed the price at 4 inches of pavement that is being replaced, but in some places, the pavement is 10 or 12 inches deep. That will have to be filled-in.
A cost hike also came from ensuring the new restroom site is in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act, she said.
Still, the project that includes the new parking lot, restrooms and an amphitheater, is expected to be completed by mid-March.
"They've worked very hard to do what we've asked and that is to be on schedule and on budget," said Mayor Jim Blevins.
Point Park, a popular boat launch and fishing pier, is located at the west end of Beach Boulevard.
Last summer, the council approved a $1.3 million bid from Knowles Construction Inc., for the project, with $1 million coming from CIAP money.
In other business, the council approved $1,500 for sponsorship of Emerge Pascagoula, a Jackson County Chamber of Commerce program that promotes the city and its assets.
The council also approved a resolution in support of the Mississippi Municipal League's effort to reverse Section 42 Housing legislation, which affects how some properties are taxed.