Costs are in for Mt. Sterling’s Mason Park project

(Posted Aug. 31, 2016)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Major improvements are on the horizon for Mason Park in Mount Sterling.

The plan is to install a basketball court, dugouts for the baseball diamonds, two batting cages, a walking path and playground equipment.

Funding for the project, along with some playground equipment for Merri-Mac Park in London, comes in part from a federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) secured by the county.

The project is divided into two parts: one for the construction work at Mason Park and one for the playground equipment at both Mason and Merri-Mac parks.

The estimate for the construction portion was $225,000, requiring the county to seek bids. One bid was submitted. The opening was held Aug. 29. Jay-Car Construction of Mount Sterling bid $247,498. The county is permitted to accept bids up to 10 percent over the estimate. Jay-Car’s bid came in at $2 under the 10 percent threshold.

Mount Sterling village officials will review the bid before the county commissioners take action on a contract. CDBG funds will cover $165,000 of the cost. The village is responsible for the rest.

The estimate for the playground equipment, in total, was $37,800. Projects estimated at under $50,000 do not require a bid process. The county sought quotes. Two were submitted. They were opened on Aug. 29. Playworld Mid State of New Albany, Ohio, quoted $37,532. David Williams & Associates of Harrison, Ohio, quoted $34,808.61. CDC of Ohio, the consulting firm that coordinates the county’s CDBG funding, will review the quotes and make a recommendation to the commissioners.

The majority of the playground equip-ment funding is going to Mason Park for two in-ground rocking toys appropriate for ages 2 to 5 years old and a large jungle gym apparatus suited for ages 5 to 12. Also included in the quote are benches, trashcans, grills and a bicycle rack. The remainder of the funding, about $5,800, is for a bench and two rocking toys near the shelter house at London’s Merri-Mac Park.

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