Park board: Helms field roof replacement will go out for bid

Purchase of REC lobby furniture approved

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ROCHELLE – The Flagg-Rochelle Community Park District Board of Commissioners decided Monday to send out a request for proposal to remove and replace the roof and gutters of the Helms Field stadium. 

In Sept. 2018 the park district made a report of what needed to be done to fix the roof and has added more issues that need to be looked at each year. It was budgeted for replacement this fiscal year. 

“This is just to receive bids,” park district Executive Director Jackee Ohlinger said. “We estimated it would be somewhere in the $50,000 range years ago and I'm sure it will be higher than that. We'll get bids and make a decision after that. The submission would be Nov. 12 for this project and would review it at the November board meeting.

Lobby furniture

The board unanimously approved a $10,640 purchase of lobby furniture for The REC Center. 

The purchase is for a 10-foot long cubby cabinet where boots, shoes and bags can be stored after entry to the facility. Ohlinger said over the last winter a lot of boots, shoes and bags were lined up in the lobby that didn’t have a place for them or people tracked into the facility.

Truck bids

The board had planned to discuss or approve the purchase of trucks for its fleet Monday, but did not receive any bids. It plans to send out another request for proposal that will go “a little bit further” than the local businesses to see if it can get more bids. That will be reviewed again at the November meeting.

Spring Lake

During her report to the board, Ohlinger said the final stages of the park district’s Spring Lake improvement project are ongoing. Engineering firm Fehr Graham has been reviewing the final parts of the project and has said everything was done to specification. 

Ohlinger recommended the board make its final payment to construction company Sjostrom & Sons, Inc. for the project. The park district will meet with the state this week to review the project and Ohlinger said she hopes the state will release all of its final $150,000 portion of the project. 

The park district is still missing the fishing pier for Spring Lake due to delivery postponed by the pandemic, Ohlinger said. She hopes to have it installed by fishing season next year. 

The park district is also looking at putting out a request for proposal for a new deck at the marina that was pulled out of the larger project initially. That decking would be similar to the pool area’s.