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News Grading under way for Phase I of Parker Meadows recreation complex

Penland Contracting started the grading process for the Parker Meadows rec park in June.Pending contracts await commission approval.

As soon as Macon County officials get word from the Local Government Commission in the next week or so, they can begin fast tracking work on the county’s new recreational complex. Although awaiting final approval from the LGC is slowing things down a bit, commissioners have moved forward with grading work needed for Phase 1 of the project.

After Macon County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the Parker Meadows site work construction bid to Penland Contracting Company, Inc. last month, Lewis Penland and his team quickly got to work grading and preparing the property for construction.

“They are doing the rough grading for Phase 1 of the project which includes construction of the big fields and the large parking lot,” said Seth Adams, Macon County Recreation Director. “We are waiting on our permit for Phase 2 to get cleared so we can get started on the rough grading for the smaller fields and the entrance.”

Penland, a local contractor, won the bid after being identified as the lowest responsible bidder. While the county is bound by regulations to award construction bids to the lowest bidder, when that lowest bidder happens to be local as well, commissioners are doubly pleased.

“I reviewed the company’s proposal and they have fulfilled the requirements of the bid process,” said Chester Jones, Macon County Attorney. “Penland was the lowest responsible bidder by approximately $400,000; this is right in line with what commissioners had budgeted for the project.”

The contract totaled $1,225,144 for Penland Contracting Company and was the lowest of the four bids received. With work well under way, Penland and his crew are finalizing site work construction, final field grading and seeding, concrete flatwork and construction of a multi-use court, landscaping and the planting of 54 red maple trees around the Parker Meadows property.

According to the contract bid, at $825,000, the bulk of the cost comes in the earth-moving and grading around the site in order to best prepare the property for the construction of the eight baseball fields, soccer fields, drives/parking areas and general common areas.

In addition to Penland Contracting, the only other bid that has been approved and executed by the board is to General Steel Corporation to the tune of $25,131.42. The General Steel Corporation contract covers the construction and development of a steel maintenance shed that will be housed on the property.

July 1 begins a new fiscal year for Macon County and pending LGC approval, several additional contracts are ready for a final approval. At this point in the planning process, several bids have been received, but without approval from the LGC, contracts can not be awarded.

Other large contracts that are pending approval from the commission include $499,500 to Warth Construction for the development of buildings on the property and $484,000 to Musco for the lighting equipment that will light the new ball fields.


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