Bids sought for Wilson soccer field

David and Betty Sassnett

David andBetty Sassnett

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 09:39 AM.

On July 16, the county commission voted unanimously to publish a request for bids to upgrade the soccer fields at Donnie Wilson Park west of Apalachicola.

The decision came after County Parks and Recreation Director Nikki Millender gave commissioners an estimate of $114,000 for construction of a soccer field in an area of the park already designated for that use.

The estimate included $17,135 for fill; $24,000 for sod; $5,000 for irrigation, $13,200 for chain link fence; $3,500 for a scoreboard, $2,700 for two goals; $750 for benches and $2,400 for light poles without lights or power. Also included in the estimate was $35,000 for a basketball court.

Commissioner Noah Lockley said he supported beginning work on the soccer field at once. Clerk of Courts Marcia Johnson said the project would deplete capital outlay funds until Sept. 1.

“We have never depleted capital outlay,” said Chairman Cheryl Sanders. “That concerns me if we have any kind of emergency.”

In a telephone interview, Assistant Finance Director Erin Griffith said the capital outlay fund is used to purchase or maintain and upgrade county property. She said it might be used as a match for grants. Funds from capital outlay were recently used to buy land for parking adjacent to the Eastpoint boat ramp.

“I’m not opposed to building this field. I am for doing this but I am also for finding a way to do it where it does not strap the county,” Commissioner Pinki Jackel said. “Since I have been sitting here, we have not spent $200,000 on a soccer field or any other kind of field out of county funds. We have relied on state funds, FRDAP (Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program) grants, all kinds of grants that we have been able to search for and find.”

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