Countdown on to baseball complex completion

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By Traci Chapman

Mustang’s $1.52 million baseball complex is close to sliding home, after council approved one of the final components needed to finish the project.

On Tuesday, Mustang City Council members voted unanimously to award a $135,960 contract for the complex’s restrooms and concessions to Emmons Construction, LLC. The Tulsa company was the low bidder among five companies who vied for the project; one company, Ramey Steel Construction, was eliminated because its representatives failed to follow all of the city’s bid packet specifications.

The award, which garnered a 5-0 vote, with Mayor Jay Adams and Ward 6 Councilman Donal Mount absent, came as work is wrapping up on field fencing and the complex parking lot. Emmons’ bid was far less than the $180,000 estimated for the concessions and restrooms, said Justin Battles, parks and recreation director.

“All field fencing will be completed by March 7,” City Manager Tim Rooney stated in his Feb. 28 report. “Canadian County crews have begun working on the parking lot for the baseball complex and bleachers will be installed in mid- to late-March.”

Battles developed a list of local businesses that would help work on the project to keep costs down. Applauded by council members for his work on the project, Battles said he hoped to have it completed by April 1. Recent freezing weather, snow and ice have given officials headaches in trying to stick to that schedule.

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.

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

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 space to Mustang Public Library and the banquet hall, as well as provided funds for new paint and carpet of existing areas.