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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Parks Department to push forward with Clemen’s Field work

  • An old ballpark could have a very new look in the not-too-distant future. On Tuesday night, the Hannibal City Council approved the hiring of MECO Engineering for work on the grandstand at Clemen’s Field.
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  • An old ballpark could have a very new look in the not-too-distant future. On Tuesday night, the Hannibal City Council approved the hiring of MECO Engineering for work on the grandstand at Clemen’s Field.
    According to Andy Dorian, director of the Parks & Recreation Department, an inspection of the grandstand in March by the city’s insurer, the Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association, revealed that the "roof and fascia board are in need of repair.”
    In a memo to the Council, Dorian explained that the grandstand is in need of significant work.
    “The grandstand roof is in very poor condition with several areas of rotten wood, missing shingles and visible holes,” wrote Dorian. “The grandstand as well as all the structures at Clemens's Field are owned and insured by the city. As the property owner and landlord it is our responsibility to maintain the structure.”
    Four local firms were interviewed regarding the project. MECO was the selection committee’s choice.
    “The first phase of this project will require a structural analysis of the grandstand itself including the concrete foundation and steel beams. With the age of the structure it is
    important to make sure the grandstand is structurally sound and safe to use,” wrote Dorian. “Following this analysis, MECO will make a recommendation on any structural improvements that need to be made as well as a recommendation on material for a new roof. We will look at options for a simple band aid as well as a 50-year fix and weigh the cost and value of each option.”
    During Tuesday night’s meeting, Dorian noted that since the ballpark is in a historic district it’s unclear if that will limit the materials which can be used on the grandstand roof.
    According to Dorian, once the Parks Department and city choose an option, an additional engineering contract for the project’s design phase will be entered into with MECO.
    The Parks Department has budgeted $175,000 in the fiscal year 2014-15 budget for this project.
    The Council authorized the mayor to sign an engineering contract with MECO for a sum not to exceed $18,700.
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