Crown Point board makes changes to Sportsplex contract approvals
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent September 12, 2012 11:28AM
Updated: October 15, 2012 9:23AM
CROWN POINT — Work is heating up at the city’s Sportplex and the youth baseball fields at Jerry Ross Park and officials want to make sure things keep moving at a fast pace.
On Wednesday the Board of Public Works and Safety, on the advice of city attorney David Nicholls, moved to change how contracts for previously approved work on the project are authorized.
Currently, Tris Miles, city engineer, brings each individual contract for a different aspect of work at those two sites before the Board of Works for approval. The full project at the Sportsplex, which includes installation of three adult-size softball fields, and the improvements to the youth baseball field, were approved earlier this year when the city accepted a $2 million matching grant from the Dean and Barbara White Foundation.
“At this point at the Sports-plex, things are happening. We need to make quick decisions,” Miles said.
Board of Works members granted administrative authority to Miles to enter into contracts for work at the Sportsplex and youth base ball field at Jerry Ross Park, instead of bringing those pacts before the board for approval. Instead, Nicholls said, the Sportsplex will become a running issue on the agenda and an update of activity on the projects, including any new work authorized by Miles, will be provided at each meeting.
Board members also approved the latest work at the youth baseball fields, the purchase and installation of high-efficiency lighting. Musco Sports Lighting will provide the equipment at a cost of $51,900. Musco provided the lighting for the football fields at the Sportsplex. The lighting that is being replaced at the youth baseball field, which still works but is not energy efficient, is also Musco lighting installed in the early 1980s, according to Jennie Burgess, park director. Emcor Hyre Electric of Highland will take down the old lighting and install the new for a cost of $41,800.
Once that is installed, additional work that has yet to be awarded at the youth baseball fields includes items such as fencing, bleachers and parking improvements.