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Diamond lights could cost over half a million

Friday, November 30, 2012

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The Storm Lake School Board has fielded two new proposals for improvement projects to its athletic fields.

Lights need to be replaced at the baseball/softball field which is used not only by the high school teams but by the Buena Vista University teams as well.

BVU officials are pushing for college standard lighting to allow tournament games to be played on the field.

The DLR Group submitted a proposal for the project, estimating the cost to be $515,000-$560,000, depending on the upgrades - whether it be to high school standards or college standards - with an additional $5,000-7,000 cost for a topographic survey and a $33,000 fee for developing bid specifications.

The work would include removing and disposing of 14 existing pole and lights surrounding the field, installing 14 new poles and lights and coordinating and installing new electrical service to the site.

In the past, costs and maintenance to the fields have been been split 50-50 by the school district and the University.

Supt. Carl Turner was asking the board to approve the contract with DLR Group so that the specifications could be drawn up but the board agreed to hold off on approving it until they see if the University is willing to commit to the project. The baseball commission, which has equal representation from the school district and BVU, will be meeting next month and the discussion of lighting will be brought up there. The school board said they need to know if Buena Vista is interested in paying for half of the project.

The board also learned that repairs are necessary at the Storm Lake High School track and at the high jump area.

The school board approved the work to be done following the 2013 track season now so that the district can be scheduled for work.

Midwest Tennis and Track of Denison, who installed the original track surface in 1996 and followed up with maintenance coating some years later, will be doing the work for a cost of $18,500.

In evaluation of the track, it appears the base is still structurally sound but the surface is showing cracking which indicates hardness and loss of resiliency due to age, normal wear and tear and ultraviolet attack.

It was also recommended that the high jump area be replaced with a new surface as well due to cracks.

The work - which will include the removal and disposal of the existing rubber layer on the high jump, cleaning and preparing the asphalt base, locating and repairing the cracks, applying a half-inch average thickness of polyurethane base mat, repaint the lane lines and repairing various areas - is expected to give the track an additional five to seven years of use. This project will be funded through the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) dollars.

After that time, it appears a new surface would be needed. The company suggests that the board begin budgeting now.

Cost of an entire new surface for the track at that time will be approximately $100,000 and an additional $60,000 for a green top coating if desired.

In addition, the board approved:

* a resignation from Jared Bruce, freshman boys' basketball coach

* a resignation from Craig Lyon, assistant seventh grade boys' basketball coach

* a contract for Mike Adams, ninth grade head boys' basketball coach

* a contract for Craig Lyon, seventh grade head boys' basketball coach

* a contract for Jason Spooner, seventh grade boys' basketball coach

* two out-of-state trips for the Storm Lake Key club; Dec. 1-2 - District Mid-Year Conference in Nebraska and March 23 - district convention in Nebraska



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