LEE — The City of Lee accepted a bid for the next street paving and heard from the engineering firm to rebuild the tennis courts at Tuesday’s meeting.
Bidding was opened at the start of the meeting, and the company to bid was Dolomite Products at $234,745 or $67.07 per ton.
“Dolomite got the offer last year, and they came in at $56 a ton, and we did some extra paving because it was so low,” said Highways Superintendent William Baker. “I’m surprised it’s not over $67. And they’ve done most of our work for the last 20 years, and they’ve done a good job.
Instead of soliciting offers, the city council made a motion and accepted Dolomite Product’s offer.
Baker said the plan was to take Sulfur Springs Road two miles from Belcher Road. “We did the top half from Sulfur Springs to Point Rock last year,” he added. “And then we’ll do Gore Road to Golly Road for half a mile. And then we’ll see where we are and if we can do more.
Tim Hogan, an engineer with Hogan Engineering, presented plans to the city council for the rebuilt tennis courts, a pickleball court and a rebuilt basketball court. The aim is to launch a bid in April with the hope that construction will be completed by the end of the summer.
“The pickleball court will go in the center of one of the tennis courts,” Hogan explained as he showed the plans to the city council.
The Lee Town Park tennis courts, Hogan said, were 20 years old and in need of a complete rebuild.
“I believe the reason the surface rippled and cracked over time was because the surface was unbonded,” Hogan said. “It’s the same principle as the cracks that appear on the road.”
Hogan added that he thinks the bottom of tennis courts also move and to that end recommended a bottom layer to help keep it all together.
On lighting, Councilor James Jones said it would be nice to have additional lighting that can turn on and off at certain times, adding that a 200 amp service entrance at a Breaker panel was recently installed south of the park.
“Then we just need an LED light in the center of that parking lot,” Jones said. “There’s a light there, but it doesn’t do much.”
The lighting request was added to the project, and Hogan said he hoped the project could be tendered within the next week.
After the meeting, Hogan said he would like to see the project finished by the end of the summer, but he didn’t want to hire anyone on a deadline.