After bids for the project came in higher than expected, city, county and prison crews will complete the job at the Cedar City, Utah club, rather than an outside installer.
A project to build a prairie dog fence at Cedar Ridge Golf Course in Cedar City, Utah, will move forward with scheduling changes, the St. George (Utah) News reported.
The project will now be completed in phases. Phase one consists of installing the fence around the west perimeter of the front nine holes. The phase one installation process for the fence will begin as early as next week, City Engineer Kit Wareham said. It is possible that enough money will remain after phase one to continue the entire project as planned, the News reported.
“We’re hoping that we can get it all done, but we’re going to start with phase one,” superintendent Steve Carter said. “It just depends on how much of the money goes and how fast we put it in and how smooth things go and than we’ll be able to assess kind of where we’re at after that.”
After the materials for the fence came in at budget, $36,000 remained from the $160,000 allocated for the fence, Carter said. The state legislature has allocated $100,000 for the project, while Iron County and Cedar City has allocated $30,000 each, the News reported.
City Council and Cedar City Manger Rick Holman hoped that the excess money would be enough to hire an installer, the News reported.
After receiving the bids, it was decided to use city, county and prison crews to complete the job, Carter said. Installing the fence will not be new to the crews, as they have installed a similar fence around the Cedar City Cemetery, the News reported.
After the fence is completed, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will trap and relocate the prairie dogs outside of the fence limits, the News reported.