School construction projects underway, on schedule
by Franklin Clark -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Jul 08, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Several construction projects at the Trigg County school system, including Safe Routes to Schools, the installation of new visitors bleachers, scoreboard and a re-sprigging of Purdue Field, are well underway, according to Trigg County School Superintendent Tim McGinnis.

Trigg district staff is preparing for the pouring of the concrete slab currently, and will soon pour the concrete, McGinnis said, adding that it will be ready soon for the arrival of the new bleachers.

Perdue Field has been sprigged and is making progress, and school staff is making sure that the necessary irrigation, fertilizer and weed control chemicals are on hand, the superintendent said.

“Safe schools route construction is well underway,” McGinnis said. “I am comfortable with the progress of each project.”

Trigg County Schools Operations Manager Matt Ladd and Cadiz Public Works Director Kerry Fowler told Trigg County School Board members at an April meeting about a construction proposal for a new sidewalk and a crosswalk at the middle school parking lot and the five-way stop on LaFayette Street, which Ladd and Fowler said is usually busy and can be dangerous.

The construction project, which was unanimously approved, could be funded through the Safe Route to Schools Grant, a federal grant, to the tune of $248,000, according to Trigg County School Superintendent Tim McGinnis.

Ladd also told the board that they would be able to start on the sidewalk project right after graduation.

The school board also unanimously approved a $68,875 bid from Toadvine Enterprises of Louisville, which Ladd said was the only bid, for the purchase of aluminum bleachers for the visitors’ side of Perdue Field. The project had previously been recommended by Trigg County School Athletic Director Jim Perrin.

According to Ladd, the 105-foot bleachers, 130 feet with the handicapped accessible ramp, will be able to seat 579 people, will be up to code and will be able to be used for storage. The bleachers will be bolted together, as opposed to welded together, to make the bleachers easier to repair, Ladd explained.

The Cadiz city council voted in May to approve Cadiz-based Oliphant Construction’s bid for the Safe Routes to Schools project. Oliphant had the lowest bid, at $157,550. Of the three companies that placed a bid, Cadiz-based Kyler Bridge Company’s bid was $186,653, and Madisonville-based Hamby Construction’s bid was the highest at $347,191.
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