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Published 10:07am Thursday, February 27, 2014

Those who pass by the Wetumpka Sports Complex on Coosa River Parkway should see dirt-moving equipment on the site in the near future. Monday afternoon council members accepted the low bid for mass grading that will be the first step in expansion at the complex.

Tony Smith, project manager with CPM LLC, the company providing management services for the sports complex and MLK Center properties, told the mayor and council that the low bid of $895,000 from Dubose Construction was reviewed carefully and was determined to be valid.

“This is for the base project and the alternate,” he said. “Dirt for the base is coming from pond excavation on a contiguous site. The alternate will produce 25,000 yards of suitable fill to level the adjacent site and will be stockpiled until the city needs to spread it.”

The first phase of the planned expansion will involve construction of a baseball hub with attendant dugouts, bathrooms and other facilities similar to the existing hub of softball fields. Last August the city approved new warrant contracts that redeemed previous bond issues while providing new funds for the sports complex project. The refinancing produced about $6 million for the expansion.

During Monday’s special called meeting council members were also presented with information about property available for purchase located on both sides of the east end of the bridge along the riverwalk.

Mayor Jerry Willis explained that the parcel is currently owned by Alabama Power Company. The council will vote on whether to purchase the property at the regular meeting March 3.

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