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Vidalia opens rec bids

VIDALIA — The City of Vidalia opened seven bids Thursday in the $5 million range for the new recreation complex.

Bids ranged from $4.75 million to $5.47 million for construction of the new complex that will feature tennis courts, four baseball fields, four softball fields, basketball courts, soccer fields and a number of other features.

Womack and Sons Construction Group of Harrisonburg placed the lowest bid at $4.75 million.

One Vidalia-based bid was received from Wilmar Construction Company in the amount of $4,954,000.

The companies were also asked to give separate bids for three alternate projects that were not initially figured into the original bid.

The three additions were for adding fencing and dugouts to the T-ball fields, adding black vinyl coating to the galvanized chain link fences and additional construction to the tennis court facilities.

With all of the bids in, Concordia Recreation District No. 3 Board of Directors Chairman Marc Archer said the next step in the process is to have the engineers at Bryant Hammett and Associates review the bids.

“We just have to make sure everything is in line,” he said.

Archer said Hammett will make a selection to present to the board as their recommendation.

“There are a lot of factors to be looked at,” he said.

Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland said he was glad to see more progress being made on the recreation complex.

“This is the beginning of the first steps to get it built,” he said. “It will be a tremendous asset to the community, and I want to compliment everyone who has been involved for all the hard work that they have done.”

Bids:

– Contractor Don. M. Barron of Farmerville–$5,240,000.

– Lincoln Builders of Baton Rouge–$5,188,000.

– Clark Construction of McComb–$5,450,000.

– Womack and Sons Construction Group of Harrisonburg–$4,750,000.

– Dirtworks of Vicksburg–$5,080,000.

– Westerchill Construction Company of Alexandria–$5,476,000.

– Wilmar Construction Company of Vidalia–$4,954,000.

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