Pohlman Field work nears completion

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New concrete work on the concourses at Pohlman Field finished this week, and the rest of the work should be done before the end of the month.

Beloit City Engineer Mike Flesch said work began a couple weeks ago to replace the aging asphalt concourses with new concrete. Crews will construct a new rain garden and do some drainage work in the next few weeks.

Flesch said all the work should be done before Nov. 1.

Whitewater-based RR Walton & Company LTD won the contract in March after the city decided to hold off in the project until after the Beloit Snappers baseball season ended.

In February the city council rejected eight bids that were well above the original $58,000 estimate for the work. Given the short timeline to complete the work, and unpredictable spring weather, the city decided it was best to wait until after the season in order to trim the costs.

Still the estimate rose from $58,000 to $78,517 for the rebid in March. The bids still came in higher than the estimate, but staff said it believed the price was fair for the work.

RR Walton’s bid came in at the lowest with a price tag of $82,000. About $72,000 was budgeted for the work and $10,000 for change orders and any extra work that might be needed.

In accepting the bid the council also appropriated an additional $24,950 in funding for the project.

Snappers President Dennis Conerton said he’s seen the work nearly every day since it started, and has really liked the progress.

“I’m really excited about how it’s turning out,” he said. “I’m positive the fans will be just as excited. They’ll see a real improvement in the fan experience overall.”

Minor work was completed prior to this season including work on the player locker rooms and the public bathrooms. Conerton said the two decks located near the first and third base sides were restained, adding the third base side deck should be completed soon.

Last year the city appropriated $100,000 in order to completely redo the outfield. The outfield was raised and leveled with the infield and a new sprinkler system was installed.

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