Youth facilities head down home stretch

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By Traci Chapman,

A rain delay slightly slowed the forward momentum of the city’s baseball and soccer field concession and restroom project, but officials say it is in the home stretch.

The $1.52 million baseball complex had a hitch when concrete footings on the soccer buildings did not pass a July 16 inspection after being poured in rainy conditions, officials said Tuesday. The contractor began pulling up the footings and was expected to complete that portion of the project within the next several days, weather permitting, said Justin Battles, assistant city manager.

“Roughed in plumbing has been finished and we are working toward pouring the slab this week,” Battles said.

Pad work was planned for the week of Aug. 11, the assistant city manager said.

Emmons Construction was awarded a $135,960 contract on restrooms and concessions.

Project bids were opened Feb. 21, with Mustang City Council approving contracts March 4, according to information compiled by Battles. Dirt work on the project began June 2.

LED signs for the fields were possible – without a budget increase – because the $71,400 baseball park bleacher estimate actually came in at a price of $42,260. Council agreed to use $17,950 remaining from the bleachers to purchase the scoreboards last month.

“Two local businesses also provided funds for two more of the scoreboards,” Battles said.

Crews with Silver Star Construction, working with Canadian County employees, completed new parking lots, and fencing was finished in March, they said.

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.

Work on the complex concession and restroom was delayed in June and July due to rain, as well as a heart attack suffered by the site manager June 22, Battles said.

“It’s just been one of those situations where the weather really delayed us on this, but we’re moving along and we really are about where we wanted to be on the project,” the assistant city manager said.