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Practice field plans eyed

By Staff | Jun 11, 2008

Jeff Rose of Jacobson-Westergard & Associates presented a preliminary plan of the proposed football practice fields to the ELC school board Monday night. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

The Estherville Lincoln School District Board of Education Monday night approved moving forward to develop plans for three practice football fields on property the district owns south of Seventh Avenue South.

The fields would cost an estimated $131,942.

Jeff Rose, civil engineer with Jacobson-Westergard & Associates Inc., first discussed a drainage plan for the site. Rose said the fields would be crowned to prevent moisture buildup. He said he wanted to use surface drainage rather than pipe.

Rose aims to have bids by July 11 with a Sept. 30 completion date with a construction deduct for extending construction to next spring. Ideally, he recommended the district wait a full year before using the field to allow grass to develop.

Superintendent Dick Magnuson said the facility would also be available to both the City of Estherville and Iowa Lakes Community College. Magnuson said the bus garage could also be located on the site.

Board member Duane Schnell asked about fencing.

Magnuson said eventually the area would be fenced, but not initially. He underscored the fact that with the second phase of the school construction project the football practice field at Demoney will be displaced.

The board agreed to proceed with the project, setting a public hearing for 5:10 p.m. July 14 for receiving bids.

In another construction-related matter, Roger Gilbert, construction manager on the middle-school building project, reported on work on the following sites:

n Demoney addition — Floor tile have been installed in the classrooms. Ceiling tile have been installed in the east five classrooms and is being installed in the remaining rooms and corridors except for corridor 301 which connects to the existing building. Doors, hardware, markerboards, and tackable surfaces are still to be completed.

n Demoney areas A and B — Most demolition in areas to be remodeled is done. Underfloor plumbing is being installed and some hollow metal door frames have been set.

n High school area J — Doors, hardware, and floor covering are still needed. Carpet is expected to be in by the end of the week.

n Middle-school addition — Precast wall panels for areas E and F are complete except for those left out for equipment and material access. Over 50 percent of the ledger beams have been installed to them. Some of the steel joists for the main floor have been erected. Gym walls are up to main floor height and some of the restroom walls are completed full height. Site work is continuing as weather allows.

n Maniece building — asbestos abatement was to be completed June 4 with demolition to start soon.