City approves $1.5 million construction project
FERRIS- After much debate and what some residents call “years of waiting” Ferris city council voted to begin construction on the library expansion and renovation of two baseball fields at Mutz Park Monday, Feb. 7.
Landscapes Unlimited, known for its field work for the Texas Rangers in Arlington and Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, was the chosen contractor for Mutz Park.
“There was no bidding process, but we still checked around,” said City Manager Eric Strong.
“The week they are done with baseball, sometime in the middle of July, we will get Landscapes Unlimited here.”
This is phase two of the renovations at Mutz Park.
Phase one, which was just completed, involved the installation of a new lighting system.
The completion of phase one was critical since the poles on the old lighting system were beginning to deteriorate, according to the city.
The scope of work during phase two includes re-grading the fields, installing a new irrigation system, new sod, fencing and dugouts.
The total estimated costs for phase 2 of the renovation total approximately$553,000.
“We have kicked around the idea for five years and from the initial talks of $5 million to where we are today, has come a long way,” said Councilman Billy Don Dunn.
The second project is the construction of a new 7,200 square foot Public Library.
The Ferris Library is one of the most utilized buildings in town according to council and due to the popularity of various programs, the current facility can no longer accommodate the needs of Ferris residents.
The library project was put out to bid in January of this year.
The city received 18 qualified bids, with the low bid being submitted by Modern Contractors out of Bedford.
The low bid for the project was $835,000 with construction anticipated to begin as early as this April.
“Both of these projects are very important to the future of our community,” said Mayor Rick Barrett.
“They are projects that we have discussed for quite some time, and they are projects that the community has wanted to see completed for years. We are very excited to be able to see the renovation of Mutz Park and the construction of the new library be completed this summer.”
The combine costs reach $1,388,000 and according to Strong, the extra $100,000 is for any potential change orders or unforeseen problems that may end up costing us more than is currently anticipated.
“If the funds aren’t used for the project, we will place them in the general fund.”