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New bleachers on way at Bobby Ray
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Bleachers for Bobby Ray Elementary’s renovated gymnasium are no longer in limbo. New ones will be purchased rather than refurbishing the existing ones.
The county’s Financial Management Committee met Tuesday to consider the inclusion of new bleachers in the project.
“I need a motion to add Bobby Ray School’s bleachers to the agenda,” said Warren County Executive Herschel Wells, chairman of the committee. “They are adding alternate one to the project.”
The item called alternate one calls for new bleachers at a cost of $51,800. When the bids for all three school projects were received in May, the project was awarded to Sain Construction Company with a base bid was $963,800. School Board members decided to delay making a decision on whether it would be better to refurbish the old bleachers or put in new ones to complement the new floor and surroundings.
At that time, Director of Schools Bobby Cox said the school system would probably end up going with new bleachers and pointing out refurbishing the existing bleachers would cost around $31,000 because those, as well as new, would have to be ADA compliant and allow handicap access.
Financial Management Committee members Wells and Commissioners Terry Bell, Billy Earl Jones and Tommy Savage voted unanimously to add the measure to the agenda. When it was brought up for discussion, the item passed 4-0. Absent from the meeting was Commissioner Wayne Copeland.
The cost of the bleachers, as well as anything over the $800,000 budget set by the county for project, will come from the school system’s fund balance this year and next year.