FEDC Targets Two City Parks for Restroom Upgrades

Gregory Ripps | Wilson County News | February 17, 2016

The restrooms at Floresville’s Skate Park and Watts Park will soon sport new steel fixtures. The Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC) approved funding for the improvements during its Feb. 8 meeting, after Floresville Parks Foundation President Doug Jones said the foundation could take care of painting the restrooms.  “We can find some workers,” said Jones, who already has led volunteers in rehabilitating Skate Park. Watts Park, also known as American Legion Park, is located near the intersection of Fifth and D streets. Skate Park is a few blocks northwest, on A Street.

Floresville City Manager Henrietta Turner outlined bids from two contractors, both exceeding $20,000 for the plumbing alone. She pointed out that the FEDC had budgeted $50,000 for parks, and $30,000 was already earmarked for the city’s parks master plan.  In a series of votes, FEDC members voted to waive a requirement for three bids, because one initial bidder withdrew; to increase the budget for the parks by $4,100; and to approve the bid by L.J. Plumbing of Poth for $24,100. The FEDC also amended its budget to approve a $20,000 expenditure for M&S Engineering to develop a project delivery strategy and implementation plan, to follow up the parks master plan.

“This would define all notable steps needed to plan, design, bid, construct, and commission a sports complex project,” FEDC Executive Director Tommy Baker said.

“The strategy and implementation plan will document all the things that need to be done … so contractors know what they are bidding for,” Tom Turk of M&S explained. He added that the plan will include design alternatives and estimated costs. Turner said the plan should focus on the ball fields that must be relocated from the city’s River Park. Results of a geotechnical study, presented at a Feb. 4 joint meeting of the FEDC and the Floresville City Council, confirmed the instability of the soil there.  Fences and warning signs are going up at River Park, Turner said.

In other parks-related action, FEDC members provided additional guidance to Brent Luck of the Luck Design Team, who designed the city parks master plan survey with M&S Engineering. FEDC members agreed that Luck should use the Floresville Independent School District’s population, instead of the city’s, as best representing the parks’ service area. Luck said he would “plug in” the district’s population to determine the desirable ratio of park amenities — such as golf courses, pavilion shelters, and soccer fields — to people. “This is a defensible population,” Luck said.

 

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