Bay Edition - August 2021

CITY&SCHOOLS

News from League City & Clear Creek ISD

Council balks at price of sports park

Clear Creek ISD discusses paying for murals, graphics

NUMBER TOKNOW $400,000 is the cost for a contract to create murals in Clear Creek ISD. A maximum of $50,000 in property tax dollars could be spent on the contract, and the rest would be fundraised.

BY JAKE MAGEE

of money to add nine [baseball and softball] fields and two soccer fields,” Council Member Nick Long said. “I just think it’s a nonstarter at this price tag.” Coleman said a lot of the cost is due to detention, and about $1 million of the price is set aside to haul off dirt from the development. Hopefully, TBG Partners can reduce the estimated price as design is detailed, he said. City Council directed TBG Partners to return with a cheaper plan with fewer amenities. Council Member Chad Tressler said the city would love to have Bay Colony Park as planned but cannot afford it.

LEAGUE CITY A proposed sports park on League City’s west side will not move forward as originally planned after City Council’s direc- tion Aug. 10. Blake Coleman with TBG Part- ners, a firm the city hired to design the incoming Bay Colony Park, presented to City Council the firm’s plan for the site, which totals an estimated $38 million. The 109-acre parcel on the southwest corner of Calder Road and Ervin Street would include five softball fields, four baseball fields, two international-sized soccer fields on which football could also be played, six tennis courts, a disc golf course, a playground, a pavilion, bathrooms, a concession stand and detention ponds, Coleman said. City Council members said they were surprised to see such a high price tag for the limited number of sports fields. “That is an incredible amount

BY COLLEEN FERGUSON

CLEAR CREEK ISD Trustees and district leaders at Clear Creek ISD discussed July 26 awarding a contract worth $400,000 for murals and graphics services. About $50,000 in funds not attached to a bond could be spent on the murals, but this money would not be spent if the funds are not present, said Alice Benzaia, CCISD director of business services and financial planning. The purchasing of the services could have been phrased in a more reader-friendly manner, Trustee Scott Bowen said during the meeting. Bowen felt the agenda item was written to make it look like all $400,000 is coming from taxpayers, which he said would be “out of control.” “This was a very controversial purchase item to begin with,” he

said, asking how much of the con- tract would be covered by volunteer organizations and how much would be coming from the school’s general fund. “I wish there were a more clear way we could communicate through these agenda items.” The estimated cost for the project is based on previous expenditures with similar projects, district leaders said. A majority of the funds would likely be raised by volunteer orga- nizations, although officials do not have a picture of what fundraising will look like yet. Trustee Laura DuPont noted many variables affect booster clubs and other fundraisers, making this difficult to assess on the administrative end.

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