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Turf Bids Lower Than Expected

Low Bid Comes In More Than $125,000 Below $600,000 Projection

RISON BASEBALL/SOFTBALL COMPLEX SEEING IMPROVEMENTS AS WELL – The dirt being removed from Wildcat Field at Rison High School has found a new home on the Wildcat Baseball Field and Lady Wildcat Softball Field. After battling issues with standing water and soggy fields, Superintendent Johnnie Johnson reported to the Cleveland County School Board during a special-called meeting Monday night that he found not water standing at the softball field after a recent rain and only a small amount at the baseball field. Johnson told the school board he would like to begin the process immediately of getting grass back on both fields. He said he is considering using in an around the infield, where applicable, and seeding the outfield.

RISON – The low bid for a new artificial turf surface at Rison High School’s Wildcat Field came in at $472,020, more than $125,000 below the projected cost of about $600,000.

The Cleveland County School Board accepted the low bid submitted by ProGrass/AstroTurf of Kansas during a special called meeting Monday afternoon. The bid included $206,800 for field drainage base and concrete work, and $278,900 for the synthetic turf for a total price of $472,020.

In addition, the bid also included a charge of $750 for applying a small logo to the turf and $1,500 for large logos.

Board member Harrell Wilson’s motion to accept the low bid was unanimously approved by Jason Hall, William King, Stan Sadler, Rickey Spencer and Tony White. The other school board member, Amber Offutt, was not at the meeting.

The bids were submitted by project: one bid for the drainage and concrete work, and another for the turf and installation.

Softball Complex

Three companies put in bids for both two jobs while two companies only submitted bids for one of the jobs. The bids for those that included both jobs were $603,302 from Fieldturf and $835,000 from Hellas Sports Construction. Shaw submitted a bid of $283,487 for the synthetic turf while Legacy Links turned in a bid $285,832 for the field drainage and concrete work.

To read the full article, see the July 12, 2017 print or e-Herald edition of The Herald.

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