Lights will be going up on Pete Holt Field in the next couple months.
The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously approved spending $82,000 to pay McMinnville Electric System for the installation of six concrete poles, 24 metal halide lights at 1,500 watts apiece, conduit, underground conductor, all necessary electrical equipment, labor and transportation.
Placed in the department’s 2015-16 fiscal year budget was $80,000 for lighting the only field behind the Civic Center that doesn’t have lights. However, according to the written quote from MES manager of engineering and operations Ralph Dunn, the final cost could be less if the city performs some of the work itself.
“The cost is estimated not to exceed $82,000,” said Dunn. “The city of McMinnville could see a reduction in this amount by choosing to open and close any trenches, and by installing the electrical service panels. Please keep in mind, this is only an estimate. All expenses will be billed when work is complete.”
The city can reduce the cost by approximately $5,000, said McCord, if it opens and closes any trenches in-house.
Voting to allow the expenditure were Mayor Jimmy Haley, Vice Mayor Ben Newman, and Aldermen Steve Harvey, Jimmy Bonner, Ryle Chastain, Mike Neal and Everett Brock.