The Mahomet Village board rejected all offers to have tennis courts built at Middletown Park and pickleball facilities at 13 Acres Park on Tuesday night.
The Village received two bids, ranging from $780,000 to $884,000 for the six enclosed tennis courts. Lighting and electricity were not included in the basic offers.
The engineers (Farnsworth Group) estimate for the base project was $563,000 and an additional $300,000 for the lighting, but Petry Khune’s low bid was $780,000 with an additional $394,000 for lighting. Two pickleball courts would have cost $1,600 more.
Mahomet’s Village was granted both the Middletown Park land and 13 acres with an agreement with the Mahomet-Seymour School District that requires them to use the $750,000 grant expected from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. ‘Illinois to build the courts. The Village has not yet received these funds, which are available for two years.
The Village believes that if the tennis courts are not built within the five-year time frame granted by the school district, the school will extend this agreement. The director of parks and recreation at Mahomet indicated that the school is understanding at this time.
The courts were expected to be ready before the 2022 IHSA tennis season. Now the village plans to reopen bidding later this year to try to find a supplier before the 2023 summer construction season.
The Village did not believe that inflation, which increased by 7.9% between February 2021 and February 2022, had much to do with rising prices, but rather that the opening of bids on April 4 was too late in the season. Waldinger said a similar project was recently approved in Champaign.
Due to high demand, MPRD staff painted temporary pickleball courts at the Bridle Leash basketball courts. Mahomet-Seymour tennis teams currently train and compete away from Mahomet.