Council discusses plans to complete sportsplex

Published 4:28pm Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Members of the Wetumpka City Council met on Monday with representatives of CPM (Construction Program Management) to discuss leading the project to complete construction of the Wetumpka Sportsplex.

The aim is for CPM to be the “lead dog” in managing and seeing the decade-long vision of a modern sportsplex in Wetumpka come to fruition.

Tim Coker, president of CPM, was on hand during the council’s work session to answer questions about his company and give a vision of what is needed to complete the project.

“The only way to move the project forward is to hire someone to move the project for us,” Mayor Jerry Willis told the council on Monday. “And this group would be the lead dog to drive this for us … we can’t keep dragging our feet.”

The proposed construction at the sportsplex would be to add two more playing field pods for baseball and softball.

While the council all agreed the sportsplex did need to be completed, some were wanting to see more “diversity” within the sportsplex.

Councilman Percy Gill said there needs to be more sports fields built to make it a more diverse sportsplex.

“The more diverse sports we can provide, the better off our community will be,” he said.

Another factor toward moving forward with completion of the sportsplex is money.

The city would borrow the money to pay for the construction with the hopes it would pay for itself down the road.

“We want to keep our debt payment in an area where we have it now and then continue to build our tax base,” Willis said.

In addition to discussing the completion of the sportsplex, Willis also addressed the council about the completion of the riverwalk, which is planned to eventually stretch to the sportsplex.

“That, too, has been on the designs for almost 10 years, and it needs to be completed,” he said.

In addition to an update regarding the sportsplex, Willis informed the council about the ongoing construction of two new restaurants in Wetumpka.

Construction has already begun for a Zaxby’s on U.S. Highway 231 North as well as site prep for the construction of Burger King on U.S. Highway 231 South.

Willis did not indicate when the two projects will be completed.

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