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City council moving forward on field house project

The city of Worthington’s ongoing field house project advanced further Monday night with the Worthington City Council’s approval of a pair of quotes related to the facility.

Quotes for field house netting and columns had been received on July 14, and the only submission came from On Deck Sports of Braintree, Massachusetts. The final submittal cost of $145,711.40, which was unanimously approved by council, encompasses netting that will accommodate batting cages and a golf driving range.

Worthington City Administrator Steve Robinson and Director of Public Works Todd Wietzema indicated their comfort with On Deck Sports, even though it was the lone company to submit a quote. Robinson noted the city has been interacting with the company "for the last year or more.”

On Deck Sports also had its quote of $109,739.75 for field house turf accepted unanimously by the city council on Monday. This time, there were two companies submitting quotes, with the other quote coming from FieldTurf USA of Calhoun, Georgia in the amount of $168,974,66. Construction and appearance, cost, natural feel and warranty were used in the selection of the vendor. Wietzema added that along with the distinct difference in the quote totals, he also liked On Deck’s overall proposal more.

The city’s field house and recreation center is being funded with local option sales tax revenue. JBS was awarded its naming rights following a $1 million JBS USA donation to the city of Worthington to be used specifically for the new facility.

In a separate matter Monday, the council approved an Olson Park Trail Improvement Proposal as submitted by consulting engineers Short Elliott Hendrickson. SEH will perform a feasibility study that will offer guidance for projects that include: safety enhancements of the trails; reconstruction and re-pavement trail options; alternatives for walk bridge replacement; plans for paving the Sunset Boat Landing parking area and more. Total fees associated with the proposal are $24,961.

Improvements to the multi-use trail through Olson Park has been included in the City's approved Capital Improvement Plan each year since 2016. Funds have been levied, and there is a current balance of $218,628.

The city council also approved a feasibility report on planned improvements for a portion of 27th Street from 1300 feet to 2570 west of U.S. 59 by grading, base construction and bituminous surfacing to provide contiguous surfacing for access to the Cemstone plant currently under construction. The report was prepared by Bolton & Menk, and a public hearing on the improvements has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 16 during that night’s regular council meeting.

Also on Monday, the Economic Development Authority — which is composed of the Worthington City Council and a representative of the Worthington Public Utilities Water & Light Commission — awarded $3,063.64 in funding from the city’s Facade Improvement Matching Grant Program to Bibles for Mission Thrift Center for rehabilitation work at its building at 419 10th St.

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