Carrollton City Council members approved the development of construction plans for the city's riverwalk during a special meeting Friday.

Council members discussed what to include for the bid specification package for phase one of the project after looking at a construction cost estimate provided by Heritage Engineering of Louisville earlier this week.

The phase one construction designs will include the walkway from Fifth Street to the Jefferson Community and Technical College parking lot, then from the JCTC parking lot to the boat ramp parking lot in Point Park. The college doesn't own the right of way to allow the city to place the riverwalk on the property.

"Right now we can't do anything but clear it," Mayor Gene McMurry said.

The bid specification package will allow the city to advertise the project to see if costs will fall within the city's budget for the riverwalk. Council members chose not to make changes to the initial cost estimate until they receive bids for the project.

"This will suffice until we get bids," McMurry said during the meeting.

The design will include the base bid of a 10-foot-wide sidewalk and construction materials, as well as landscape items and five bench areas. The bid package will also include an alternate bid for an eight-foot-wide sidewalk.

The city hopes to bid out the project and begin construction within the year.

"If we don't start (the project) by the end of the year, we may lose a $100,000 grant," McMurry said.

In other business:

• Council members approved the second reading of the 2013 tax rate. The council voted to raise the tax rate for the first time in three years to the compensating rate of 4 percent. The new tax rate will be 30 cents per $100 of assessed value.

• The council decided not to consider an ordinance for a model procurement code. Council members held a first reading of the bill during a regular meeting Monday. McMurry said the procurement code does not really apply to the city.

"We already have a standard we go by," councilwoman Ann Deatherage said.

Other council members agreed to look at the issue at a later date.

• Council members tabled the discussion of the final payment to Kevco Construction for work at the campground. McMurry said a final inspection of electrical work in the campground bathhouse was never done.

"There's no need discussing the bill because it's not done," he said.