Construction on the Grayson Sports Park Complex is now scheduled to move forward, with Allard Construction doing the utilities and site work on the project.

Construction manager John Brammer told the commission last week they are waiting on submittals and will get started on clearing the property once those are received.

Brammer explained that the commission could either give him authority to sign contracts with Allard or other contractors working on the park, or that they could designate one of their members of the signatory on those contracts. The commission moved to give commission president Mindy Woods-Click signing authority for those contracts and to serve as a point of contact for any contract issues.

Brammer said they were also still waiting on approval from the Army Corps of Engineers on permission to use a full or partial open ditch system for drainage of the park. However, he said, they are currently moving forward with plans for a closed ditch system.

The ditch system, along with alternative materials used for the buildings at the park, are among the cost saving measures that have been discussed by Brammer, the Tourism Commission and the Park Board to bring the overall price of the sports park down.

The commission also discussed a sign for the site, noting that it is the future location of the sports park. Commission member Don Combs told the commission that the sign has already been made, and was waiting at Tint Wizard for pickup and installation.

Brammer volunteered to have someone from his crew pick up the sign and to arrange for it to be placed on site.

An official groundbreaking for the site will be scheduled at some point in the future, after the next regular meeting of the Park Board. That meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 14 at 10 a.m. in the Grayson City Building.

The next meeting of the Grayson Tourism & Convention Commission is March 12, at 5 p.m.

Contact the writer at jwells@journal-times.com.

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