Bid for new fencing at stadium higher than expected

chwilliams@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 19, 2014 

After receiving a bid that was higher than anticipated for fencing inside Garrett-Harrison Stadium, Phenix City officials plan to see what can be done to reduce the costs.

Earth-Scapes Inc., of Phenix City submitted a bid of $65,456 for the materials or $89,936 for the fencing and installation. The metal fence is to be placed between the playing field and stands inside the stadium.

Under Alabama law, if one or fewer bids is received, the city can negotiate for a lower price, Phenix City City Manager Wallace Hunter said.

That is what they plan to do.

The bid was presented to council at a work session earlier this week. Wednesday night, council voted 4-0 to reject the bid.

The city has about $200,000 remaining to complete the work. In addition to the new fence, the city is looking to add a sidewalk on the outside of it and enhance the scoreboard with a video screen. Those projects have yet been put out for bid.

This is the third phase of a seven-year, $2.5 million renovation of the stadium, which the city owns and operates. The improvements have included press box, new dressing rooms and renovation of existing dressing rooms.

Last month, Phenix City Council approved spending more than $544,000 for an artificial surface at the stadium.

The surface, manufactured by Pittsburgh-based ProGrass LLC, is in place at Troy University, Jacksonville State University, Prattville High and Colquitt County High in Georgia. It will be installed at Garrett-Harrison Stadium this year.

The proposed fencing is tied to the new playing surface. A curb will have to be installed to properly install the turf, Finance Director Steve Smith.

“This will allow us to have security and help keep fans off the field,” Smith said.

The upgrades to Garrett-Harrison Stadium are being done with an eye to the future.

“Our goal would be to eventually bring a college game to the stadium,” Smith said.

In the past, the Phenix City stadium has been the sight for the NCAA Division III title game.

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