SIKESTON -- Tennis courts at the Sikeston Sports Complex will be rebuilt.
Council members accepted the low bid of $86,800 from Asa Asphalt for the reconstruction of the four tennis courts in the recreation complex during the regular City Council meeting Monday.
Also bidding was General Acrylics which offered to do the job for $89,400.
The bid specifications call for the tennis courts to be sloped in one direction which will require existing fencing and posts to be removed, according to Jiggs Moore, parks division director. An estimate on the cost for installation of a new fence and posts is just over $17,000.
Both bidding contractors advised if the fence is left in place and the courts are reconstructed as they are now with a slope in two directions, the flat area between the courts will hold water "which creates a hazardous situation for players," Moore explained.
Lee Shell, who said he has played tennis in Sikeston for 30 years, said two or three tennis tournaments are held in Sikeston each year.
The tennis courts as they stand now are "the only eyesore in that complex," Shell said. "They are in sad shape."
"They don't need to be second-rate," Mayor Mike Marshall said. "They need to be nice."
Shell said the Sikeston tennis club will put up windbreaks on the courts, replace nets and otherwise "keep an eye on them, keep them in good shape."
He said it is important that users have the right kind of shoes and that bicycles and skateboards are kept off the courts.
If the courts are taken care of, the city should get 20 years of use from them, Shell said.