By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun
The Corsicana City Council granted the contract to build a concession stand and restroom building at the new baseball park on 45th Street to 2CMD Inc., when the group met in regular session Tuesday.
The building will cost $254,917 and will be the centerpiece of the complex. The park itself will feature four baseball fields for Corsicana Youth Leagues and two softball fields. In addition, the park will feature a basketball court, a volleyball court, a playground and walking trail. It will be paid for with grants from Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Carmody Trust, Navarro Community Foundation and private donations. The city is doing some of the ground work. In all, it will cost about $1 million.
That will not include lighting for the fields, according to City Manager Connie Standridge.
Three proposals were submitted, and 2CMD, which is a firm out of Arlington, had the lowest bid. It will be a turnkey operation, meaning it will be ready to move into when it’s built.
In a work session prior to the regular meeting, council members expressed some concerns about the firm’s ability to design around the local soil, which can be tricky. Standridge assured the council that the city would review the plans, and the company was fully insured.
Councilman Tom Wilson asked which teams would be allowed to play on the new fields, and Standridge told him it would be for the local youth leagues, and while tournaments would be welcome, it is meant for local players.
“It’s up to them,” she said. “The intent is to provide a new place for league play.”
The new fields will be open for the 2014 season.
In addition, the council also approved a new rate review mechanism for dealing with rate increase requests from Atmos. The process would allow the city to have a say in approving any future rate increases by the gas company based on the company’s costs. The appeals would go to the Railroad Commission.
The council also accepted the donation of nine parcels of land on the east side of the city from Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. The lots had been homesites that were donated to the church.
Mayor Chuck McClanahan nominated the continuation of Councilwoman Ruby Williams as the Mayor Pro Tempore, and the council confirmed her appointment.
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