Less than a year after its opening ceremonies, the Newton High School softball field is getting an upgrade. The Newton Community School District Board of Education voted unanimously Monday night to move forward with the second phase of the softball field project, approving final construction documents for a combination concession stand and restroom facility.
Dave Briden, a principal with FRK Architects, the firm that’s handling the design of the new building, met with board members to answer questions about the $387,925 facility, which has a scheduled completion date of April 26, 2019.
To fund the project, the district will use dollars from Secure an Advanced Vision for Education, also known as SAVE funds. The money, which is generated from a local option sales tax, is intended to be used by school districts for infrastructure projects.
Noting the concession stand and restroom facility was “a pretty simple building,” Briden said he didn’t see any obstacles standing in the way of the project.
“Our civil engineer is working with the city on site approval. We’re looking at a bid date of Oct. 8,” Briden said.
During Monday’s meeting, Briden provided the board with a timetable for the project. Following Monday’s approval of the construction documents, they’ll be sent to the printer Tuesday. The district will publish a notice of a public hearing on Sept. 24 to gather input from the community regarding the construction, with final bids due on Oct. 4.
During the board’s Oct. 8 meeting, district leaders will review the bids and select a final subcontractor, after holding a public hearing. Construction is expected to begin the following day, and will continue throughout the winter.
The building is located on the third base line of the softball field and is designed to make it possible for parents and volunteers working at the concession stand to be able to see the action on the field.
Although the softball field was completed in time for the beginning of the 2018 season, NCSD Superintendent Bob Callaghan said last week the district wouldn’t have been able to construct the concession stand and restroom facility within the same timeline. To get by this year, the district purchased a mobile food truck for concession operations and placed porta-potties on the site. Restrooms at the nearby football field were also opened up for fans to use during games. Callaghan said the district plans to repurpose the food truck, potentially using it as a concessions stand for middle school football games.
“We’ll identify a need for that in another area,” Callaghan said, noting the district has no plan to list the food truck on govdeals.com, a site where school districts and other government agencies can sell unwanted equipment.
In other action, the board voted to approve repairs for a leaky roof at the high school. The district received three bids on the project, which will involve replacing the roof over the high school’s auditorium and stage area. Board members opted to select Hopkins Roofing, with the low bid of $56,000 for the project. In a letter to the board, maintenance supervisor Jack Suttek recommended Hopkins for the project, noting the district has worked with the contractor before.
“I feel that Hopkins Roofing has worked well with us on other roof projects and will provide great service,” Suttek wrote.
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