City moving ahead with tennis courts

Published 2:47 pm Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Plans to construct six new municipal tennis courts in the City of Greenville are moving forward.

At Monday night’s Greenville City Council meeting, the council voted to approve an engineering contract with Goodwyn, Mills and Caewood, Inc., and a bid from Liberty Design and Construction Company, Inc.

The city will pay Goodwyn, Mills and Caewood, Inc. $67,740 and Liberty Design and Construction Company, Inc. $294,915.

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The project will be funded with money from a $9.2 million bond issue that was approved by the council in September.

“We feel like compared to other bids we have received, this is a very good price,” Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon said. “Because of that we wanted to go ahead and get moving on this project.”

The new courts will be located on the current site of the YMCA playground. According to YMCA Executive Director Amanda Phillips, the playground will be relocated to the north side of the pool pump house.

McLendon said this a project that has been needed for quite some time.

“We haven’t done anything to our tennis courts since the early 1980s,” he said. “They are in terrible shape, and it was just time that we did something about it.”

The city currently has four tennis courts located at Beeland Park.

The addition of the two extra courts will allow the city to host tennis tournaments, which will generate sales tax and lodging revenue, according to McLendon.

McLendon expects the courts, which will be open to the public and not subject to YMCA membership or fees, to be open by the summer.

In other business:

*The council approved a resolution to serve as a sponsor for the 2012 summer feeding program.

*The council approved the payment of the following expenditures.

  • $5,350 to Greenville Glass Company for a security door and locked entryway to the Greenville Police Department.
  • $8,943.60 to Computer Software Innovations, Inc. for annual maintenance and a support contract for financial software used by the city clerk’s office.
  • $117,036 to the Municipal Workers Compensation Corporation for the city’s estimated contribution for Feb. 1, 2012, to Jan. 31, 2013.
  • $3,670. 39 to Bay Insulation for an insulation package for a metal building that will house the Public Works Department.
  • $45,300.42 to A&S Building Systems for the purchase of a metal building package to house the Public Works Department.
  • $1,869.86 to the U.S. Postal Service for refilling the postage meter.
  • $1,126.50 to Consolidated Fleet Services for the annual NFPA inspection of the city’s fire ladders.