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Soccer field renovation to cost $22,695
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Renovating one soccer field at Pistole Park will cost $22,695, according to the only offer the city received when it opened the project up for bids.
Performing the work will be Goldtree Landscape and Irrigation, owned and operated by Robert Hennessee. The job, which includes excavation, irrigation, grading and sprigging of the field with Bermuda grass, is expected to take approximately one month.
According to Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord, numerous companies were contacted about the project.
“The bid was sent out to numerous companies,” said McCord. “The bid was sent out Feb. 20 and a mandatory bidder’s conference and facility tour was scheduled for March 6.”
Five vendors attended the meeting: McMinnville Lawn and Garden, Goldtree, Warner’s Athletic Construction, Sain Construction, and Pro Rain Irrigation. However, only Goldtree submitted a bid by the April 1 deadline.
“The bid came in at $22,695,” said McCord. “Robert Hennessee is the owner and operator of Goldtree and he was the individual who installed the original irrigation system at the fields at Pistole Park.”
McCord recommended to Parks and Recreation Committee members Billy Wood and Ben Newman on Tuesday night the city accept the bid from Goldtree.
“Robert has the experience working on numerous sports fields and has first-hand knowledge of the park itself,” he said. “Mr. Hennessee’s bid addressed all items in the packet. It is our opinion to proceed and award the contract to Goldtree.”
Officials voiced a desire to upgrade Pistole Park one field at a time. Hennessee says what might sound like a lot of money for one field will lay the necessary groundwork to protect the city’s investment now, as well as any future upgrades, because the project includes tapping into the county’s water supply for irrigation to protect the grass.
 “Money will be appropriated to tap into the domestic line, the service line, that runs out into that area. At that point, you will have a 2-inch meter, which is big enough to service all the fields, if need be at some point and time in the future. That’s why we went with a 2-inch meter.”
Tapping into domestic water will be a backup to the current system of pumping water from a well onto the fields during times with inadequate rain.
Newman and Wood accepted the bid and set it to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for its consideration on April 22. Alderman Rick Barnes was absent.