No – the City would still have $6.5M remaining in bonding capacity
City owns the land
Water & Power is readily available nearby creating cost savings
Combining new projects offers tax and construction savings
Repurposing of existing facilities offers tax and construction savings
REC center creates a storm shelter for the entire complex (SCORE, HS Baseball, and Aquatic Center)
County grants of $50,000 – $70,000 may be available for this
City/School would find interim practice areas for Nevada Soccer Club until Billy Sunday is ready for soccer:
Yes, this area has been researched
This area would require an estimated $48,000 to prepare the surface for playing conditions.
The area is not near parking or sidewalks
The timeline presented is the most aggressive possible. Given the 3-5% increase in construction costs each year, it is also the most cost efficient
The entities are not beholden to this timeline
Yes, the City Council and School Board will hold a joint meeting at Gates Hall at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 23, 2017
Public comment will be encouraged
Combination of City Bonds and Capital Campaign
Yes, 11,000 square feet would be available for future expansion.
Aquatics was considered and studied but is not feasible due to cost
Both youth and adult programming
Final plans will need to be established and existing programs transitioned to the new facility before new programming can be fully developed
BILLY SUNDAY FIELD & BASEBALL
No, but artificial turf could be bid as an alternate to be considered depending on the final cost
It will create no more of a concern than foul balls at the current 4-plex at SCORE
It will create no more concern than current foul balls that go into the street at Billy Sunday
The playground at SCORE is 150 feet behind the projected site of the new baseball field
The distance will be too great for ball to reach 19 th street in most cases, unlike Billy Sunday where foul balls frequently land in the street near passing traffic.
Field & Lights – School: 2/3 of overall project
Buildings – City: 1/3 of overall project
City would repurpose Billy Sunday for the Nevada Soccer Club
There are several options to preserve the legacy of Billy Sunday:
School officials would prefer the location of Harrington due to proximity to the school
MS Baseball begins before school is dismissed for summer
Yes, the City and School have discussed very cost efficient improvements for the baseball field at Harrington Park
GATES MEMORIAL HALL
The School District is in much need of the space and would obtain the facility from the City
Income from the sale will assist the City to offset costs of the Rec/Baseball project
For the School District, Gates is an optimal location due to proximity and can be obtained at a far more efficient cost than new construction
Yes- Mabel is a former Nevada school teacher and her vision for the facility would be preserved; see https://www.facebook.com/Nevadaiowahistory/posts/10154939418852157
Currently very few renters of Gates Hall are Nevada residents. Other venues (i.e. Fair Community Building, Gatherings) have become preferred locally.
No, alcohol would not be permitted under State Code.