The low bids for renovations to Johnson Ball Field in Trenton total slightly over $67,000. That's more than $19,000 greater than similar renovations done this year to Mark Griffin Memorial Field by the same companies.
Park Superintendent,Jason Shuler, told the Trenton Park Board the difference is mostly attributed to no charge being assessed for infield material used on the Griffin project earlier this year. Shuler indicated the charge for the Griffin infield material was omitted by mistake.
The Park Board tabled the Johnson Field bids until they can be presented to the Trenton R-9 Board of Education and the North Central Missouri College trustees. The school district and college split the cost of the Griffin Field upgrades. It's anticipated they'll also share the cost of the Johnson Field upgrades.
The Griffin Field agreement called for the Park Department to pay one third of the watering and aeration costs, the City to be responsible for the cost of electrical services, and for the Park Department to provide supervision for the renovations, labor as needed, and to handle the bidding process.
The Park Board is upgrading various areas at the Ebbe Sports Complex---including the dugouts and scorers/announcer areas. Blockwork in those areas was to start today or tomorrow (Friday).
The Park Board approved tubing work for a ditch at the Ebbe Sports Complex if the cost can be trimmed from an estimate of about $11,500 to $10,200. An effort is to be made to trim the project cost by obtaining asphalt millings backfill from the Street Department at a reduced price. The charge currently is listed at $8 a ton.
Bids are being sought for fencing supplies for Griffin, Upper Moberly, and Burleigh Grimes fields. Shuler said there are areas which need replacing at Griffin and Grimes fields. Upper Moberly needs new fencing for the entire field.
The footing and pad for an Ebbe Sports Complex sign was poured yesterday. A flagpole also is to be put up in that area.
The park board approved a request from Republican Times publisher, Wendell Lenhart, for a Missouri photo workshop to use the Rock Barn as a headquarters September 21st through 28th. Some 45 photographers from around the world are expected to attend. The participants will do photo stories from around the area. Their work is to be critiqued by magazine, newspaper, and freelance photojournalists-including four Pulitzer prize winners.
The Park Board voted to make the Rock Barn available for the Missouri photo workshop at no charge.
The Missouri photo workshop has been in existence since 1949. It previously was held at Trenton in 1995. It's affiliated with the University of Missouri. Lenhart said a public showing of the work done at Trenton is to be available the morning of September 28th at the Trenton High School Commons.
The Park Board received requests from 3 other persons attending a portion of yesterday's park board meeting.
The board approved a request from Terri Hammett for the board to put a refrigerator in the Upper Moberly Park shelter house.
The Board took under advisement requests by Tonya Farmer and Robert Williams for lights to be installed for the skate park at Eastside Park. Williams talked for an extended period of time regarding the facility---which was described as having a bad reputation.
A request from the Trenton R-9 school district to fully operate the concession stand at Ebbe Sports Complex during the fall softball season ---including stocking----has been tabled until discussions can be held with Activities Director, Kris Ockenfels. Currently the Park Department stocks the concession stand, the school runs it, and the 2 split the profits. The school district wants to rent the building and fully operate the concessions, including additional items.
Community Development Director, Ralph Boots, attended the park board meeting. Among his discussion, Boots mentioned a community attitude survey is planned this fall. Boots encouraged the park board to provide questions it would like to be included in the survey.
Park board members attending the meeting were: Don Altes, Duane Helmandollar, Gary Berry, Gary Schuett, and Kari Whitaker. Mrs. Whitaker arrived 10 minutes after the meeting was to have begun to allow a quorum. Park board members not attending the meeting were: Robert Shields, Sarah Allen, John Dolan, and Mike Burchett.