E-T Staff Report

In a five to three vote Tuesday night, the Stephenville city council approved a recommendation from the Parks and Recreational Advisory Board to authorize the C.T. Brannon Corp. to proceed with developing plans and specifications for bidding three sections of the proposed municipal aquatic facility, including a leisure pool and decks, bath house, and site related items such as roads, parking lots and utility extensions. The motion contained section four, which includes a lazy river and sprayground as an alternate item at a cost of $764,500.

The Advisory Board has met on numerous occasions in addition to hosting a Town Hall meeting and recently made several revisions to the conceptual design that was forwarded as a final recommendation. The total estimated cost for the three sections is more than $3 million. The total project cost is estimated at $4.85 million.

The plan, however, can be constructed in several phases, which will make the initial project less costly. See Thursday’s edition of the Empire-Tribune for more information about the vote and the project.