SIKESTON - Several improvements to city parks were approved during Monday's regular City Council meeting.
* Council awarded the contract for ballfield lights and steel poles for four Little League baseball fields to UtiliCor of Jackson for $69,695; for 1,700 feet of underground wire to DeCota Electric of Sikeston for $1,268; and for construction of concrete light pole foundations to Knuckles Brothers Inc. of Poplar Bluff for $43,500 as recommended by city staff.
The city originally had sought bids on just three fields, according to Jiggs Moore, parks department director, but the bids came in "significantly under budget" enabling the city to do four fields for $114,463.
Moore said $140,000 was originally budgeted for the project.
With more lights per pole and new lights, "the illumination is going to improve," according to Moore. The fields are "the south group just north of the lake," he said.
* An expenditure of up to $24,000 to pave the chat portion of the Clinton Building parking lot was approved.
Moore said the estimate of $22,700 for paving and striping the lot from ASA Asphalt did not include approximately 38 feet of chat connecting the parking lot with the concrete entrance which may add another $500 to the project.
The project will pave an additional 66 spaces for a total of 102 paved parking spaces which should handle parking for most activities at the building.
Moore also discussed a 18-foot wide paving project for Rotary Park, estimated at $75,000 which would start at the current pavement and "take it all the way around the loop."
Mayor Mike Marshall, however, brought up the possibility of people using the pavement to race. Moore agreed it may be "too much of a temptation."
Doug Friend, city manager, suggested measures usually not used for city streets, such as speed bumps, may be appropriate for the park.
The pavement would eliminate dust problems at the park as well as addressing maintenance problems associated with the chat road, according to Moore.
Councilman Phil Boyer suggested a 12-foot wide road to discourage racing. Moore said that may eliminate side-by-side racing but not "time trial" races.
* Council awarded the contract to build concrete steps with an aluminum handrail at Roberta Rowe Park to G & G Concrete Contractors of Sikeston for $8,500 as recommended by the project's engineer, Lambert Engineering, and city staff.
"Here, again, we got another great bid," Moore said. The capital improvement budget amount for this project is $20,000.
Moore said the steps would provide "easier access" between the picnic and parking areas on the upper level of the park and the walking track and playground on the lower level.
Also bidding were Thele Concrete Finishing of Cape Girardeau, which was the low bidder at $7,964, and Tim Ingram of Morley for $9,989.
The city's bid policy provides for local vendor preference of 5 percent on bids of this dollar amount, which is a $425 credit for the local bidder. The bid from G & G Contractors is within 6.5 percent, or $536.
Boyer, however, said: "A nine-inch step is too tall of a step" after reviewing the project's plan and asked staff to look into smaller step options.