Businesses, residents will have stake in new baseball complex

(Rendering courtesy city of Mustang)

By Traci Chapman

Mustang residents and businesses will have an investment in a new $1.52 million baseball field complex when it’s completed, with some making a commitment with the gift of skills and talents to finish the job.

Justin Battles, parks and recreation director, told Mustang City Council members Tuesday local businesses had come forward to be part of the baseball field project, a move Council members applauded.

Justin Battles

Justin Battles

“I like the idea of the public getting involved,” Ward IV Councilman Terry Jones said. “They’ll have ownership.”

City officials are working on a self-imposed deadline to complete a $1.52 million baseball field complex before April. On Tuesday, they took a step toward meeting that deadline, when Council approved letting bids for two concession/restroom buildings at the site. Red Prairie architect Patrick Bumpass was still working on specs for the project, but he asked Council to approve the bid process, so it could move forward later this week or next week. Council does not meet again until Jan. 21.

Members unanimously approved the request, which means the bid process on the two buildings could move forward. Battles estimated the cost for the two structures to run about $180,000. Concrete work needed at the site would be done in-house, Battles said.

Council in November approved the $378,997 fencing contract for the complex. Once completed, the commercial grade fence would span 8,866 linear feet, Battles said. There would be 12 10-foot by 40-foot concrete dugouts, which would include coverings to shield teams from wind and rain, he said. Work was expected to begin on the fence Jan. 13, City Manager Tim Rooney said in his monthly report.

The baseball complex is the final component of a three-prong improvement package of Mustang Town Center. Voters in March 2012 approved a $3.6 million bond issue, which also added 7,200 square feet to Mustang Public Library, as well as provided funds for new paint and carpet of existing areas. The library was recently completed, and a $666,000 project to expand Town Center’s banquet hall was also in the wrap-up stages, city officials said.

“The temporary wall is now fully functional,” Rooney said in his report. “AC Owens is still working through a punch list and addressing those items.”