By NICOLE JONES
Work at the city’s Centennial Park, originally part of the city’s 2007 bond referendum, moved forward Monday with the awarding of a $2 million construction contract by City Council.
Centennial Park Phase 2 includes new lighted softball fields, pavilion and additional parking for the complex. The improvement project was budgeted in the 2013-17 capital improvement program and a design contract was awarded in July 2013.
“I think it’s going to make a great addition to our community,” Mayor Tom Reid said.
Since a local company was among bids for the project, Councilman Tony Carbone asked how much preference could be given to a local bidder. Staff responded that it applies only up to $100,000.
Councilman Trent Perez wanted to amend the proposal to create 100 parking spaces instead of 80.
“I’d rather be over-parked than under-parked,” he said. “If we have the opportunity, I’d prefer to have 20 extra spaces and be on the high end. If we have 10 spaces that are never used, at least we won’t have cars parked on McLean or Fite.”
The site required an unforeseen drainage study to relocate the floodway of Mary’s Creek, which was needed to build planned improvements in the park. The required improvement work on Mary’s Creek channel is scheduled to be performed by the Drainage District during routine channel maintenance, according to city documents. The location of the park improvements, immediately south of the Fite Road project, required design coordination among two design consultants, the drainage district and TxDoT.
Work is expected to begin in December and be completed in August or September of 2017.
Consent agenda items that passed unanimously Monday included the final reading of a conditional use permit allowing a church to operate in the former Goodwill store location in the shopping center at 5004 Broadway St.
Regular council meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays at 3519 Liberty Dr.