Sports complex addition, MLK improvements on tap

Published 7:00am Wednesday, May 8, 2013

After lengthy discussion Monday, the Wetumpka City Council agreed to enter into a professional service agreement with CPM LLC for management services involving projects at both the city sports complex and the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Center property.
An initial motion to retain consultant services only listed only the sports complex site, with the project to address construction of two additional hubs of ball fields to join the current softball hub. The proposed new hubs would be similar to the existing ones and contain five fields each.
Councilman Percy Gill (D2) spoke passionately about his determination that improvements to the nearby MLK site be included as well.
“I’m 100 percent in favor of upgrades to the sports complex, but I would like to see some upgrades to the MLK property as well,” he said. “I’ve made some concessions in what I was originally asking for, but there are ball fields, basketball courts, the parking area and a playground all in need of repair.
“I don’t think any of these will be very expensive, and I’d like to see those improvements made simultaneously with what’s done at the sports complex.”
CPM President Tim Coker said he will present project plans for both locations, and stressed that the scope of the work to the undertaken “is up to the council.”
The consultant agreement with CPM comes with a price tag of $126,750, plus mileage and fees for providing any requested printed copies of plans, etc.
Coker said the project plans he provides the city will include cost estimates. He noted the council will likely receive updates every two weeks as initial plans are being developed, and monthly afterward.
In other business:
•A resolution was approved confirming the city’s welcome center property on U.S. Highway 231 (formerly a state rest area) will be used as the site for the long-discussed impact crater center. The resolution also authorizes the Wetumpka Gateway Development Corporation to seek funding and grants for the project, and commits the city to act as a fiscal agent if necessary in securing grant funds.
•The 2011-12 city audit was approved. The audit placed the city’s total assets at $25 million, and also noted that the city’s debt is about $5 million – a figure that would allow local government to borrow as much as $11 million more should the need arise.
•Bids for a mini-excavator for the public works department were opened, and the low bid of $39,999.10 was approved should the public works director determine it meets specifications.
•The council’s next meeting was rescheduled for May 22 at 3 p.m. because of a conflict with a Alabama League of Municipalities meeting.

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