FEDC Chooses M&S Engineering for Parks
Gregory Ripps | Wilson County News | September 23, 2015
The Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC) wants M&S Engineering to come up with a $30,000 master plan for the city’s parks. FEDC Executive Director Tommy Baker said after the corporation’s Sept. 14 meeting that board members spent “considerable time” in executive session to make their decision. “We wanted to choose a firm and get them started as soon as possible,” Baker said.
Board members heard presentations from Intrepid Surveying & Engineering and M&S earlier in the evening, and from Bury Design & Engineering Consulting Services and Rialto Studio at an earlier date. Baker said board members chose M&S to develop the master plan “based on a history of working with their multi-talented team” and “their background in park design.”
Development of the master plan will include a survey of the existing city parks and their facilities with a determination of what improvements can be accomplished short-term and at minor cost. The plan also will determine how the park lands near the San Antonio River and behind the Lauro G. De Leon III Floresville Event Center can be used and where activities can take place, to allow for simultaneous events. Baker said the FEDC wants public input into the plan’s development, and will include from two to four public meetings. He encouraged citizens to make their priorities known in a “loud voice.”
“So far we are looking at hardball and softball practice and tournament baseball fields, soccer fields, a football field with a track around it, and a show barn and rodeo arena,” Baker said. The parks master plan should be completed in six to seven months, according to Baker.
New trades training possibility
Baker also related that he met with representatives of Coastal Bend College in Beeville about conducting trades training classes in Floresville. Earlier this year, in an FEDC initiative, Alamo Colleges provided welding classes at Floresville High School. Baker said Coastal Bend has trailers that contain a classroom and a lab for eight students. Since the training doesn’t require school facilities during after-school hours, the Coastal Bend training can be completed in as few as three weeks.
“We want to take advantage of everything we can,” Baker said.
In other action, FEDC members:
- Approved a 3-percent raise for Baker, effective Oct. 1.
- Approved a bid from Ambiente of Del Rio Homes, LLC, to construct a concrete-base sign for the Rancho Grande Industrial Park entrance, at a cost of $9,500.
- Tabled a request by Floresville city Councilman Johnny Ray Nieto to fund improvements to three city baseball fields at a cost of $4,200.