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Proposed $1.5 million Mutz Park renovation plans outlined

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The Ellis County Press

FERRIS – An estimated $1.5 million will be spent on the renovation of the Mutz Park project according to the jointly held Mutz Park Project Steering Committee and Council meeting Tuesday, Jan.19.

After last May when the city proposed a much larger multi-million dollar sports complex heavily backed by former Mayor Jim Parks Jr., it seems the city is focusing on how to better spend their money.

"Charlie Joe [James, public works director], said the sewer line is in need of being replaced down there," said Mayor Pro-Tem Bill Pardue.

According to City Manager Eric Strong, he spoke to Charlie Joe James and most utilities for the new project can be done in house and save a "large chunk of the costs."

The new project will feature 300-ft baseball/softball fields, batting cages, restrooms and a concession stand.

"This would not just be for little kids, bigger people could play on it too," said Billy Don Dunn.

Landscapes Unlimited, the same construction team who built a new field over in Anna has been in negotiations with the city giving them bids for the project.

"Seems like we all agree on the concept and pricing," said Pardue.

Once the final bid is placed the council will award the contract to the lowest and most economical builder.

"We can get Tim Rawlings [building inspector] to look into how much it would be to build our own concession stand," said Strong.

The city is planning on starting construction mid-June of this year after baseball season and has a deadline to be finished before the new season starts next March.

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