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City to consider consultant for field upgrade project

By The Mercury

City commissioners on Tuesday will consider making a request for qualifications for a consultant to develop the parks and recreation department’s strategic plan.

The meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall, is a continuation of discussion from the April 8 joint commission and Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting. Officials at the time supported hiring a consultant.

At the April 8 meeting, then-Mayor John Matta said the goal is having a project ready for presentation to the public in 2018 when the quarter-cent sales tax increase that’s funding improvements to pools and Sunset Zoo expires.

City officials anticipated the study will require $50,000 to $75,000 to complete.

One of the commission’s 2014 goals is to evaluate the report from a local resident group, the Fieldhouse Project group, which hired its own consulting firm, Sport Facility Advisory, while pushing for upgrades to the city’s sports facilities.

In the group’s proposed $54 million project, Anneberg Park would be used for baseball/softball fields, CiCo Park would be the location of an indoor facility and City Park would be used for a swimming pool and tennis.

Soccer fields would be at a new park.

City Manager Ron Fehr said the city is moving toward its own study to see how the city could improve spaces it has already put money into for a certain purpose.

“In a perfect world where money is no object, that would be great,” he said of the Fieldhouse plan.

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