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City spending stimulus money on new tennis courts

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 4:24pm

The Bozeman City Commission authorized spending $49,140 in federal stimulus money on Monday to install new tennis courts at Bogert Park.

The new courts are likely to be ready in June, Parks and Cemetery Department Superintendent Thom White said.

The commission approved a contract with Dermco-LaVine Construction in Minneapolis for the courts during a noon meeting on Monday. The company will put in rubber-tiled courts at the park, located along South Church Avenue.

White said the out-of-state company got the contract because there were no local companies that could do the work.

The money spent on the tennis courts is part of $621,000 in stimulus money that the city received through the Montana Reinvestment Act.

In other business on Monday, the commission approved a $1.68 million contract with Williams Brother Construction in Spokane, Wash., for construction of an administration and laboratory building at the wastewater treatment plant.

The city got 14 bids for the work, with WBC submitting the lowest.

Construction of the building is part of a $54 million first phase to expand the treatment plant’s capacity.

Monday’s meeting marked Mayor Kaaren Jacobson and Commissioner Jeff Rupp’s final meeting as city officials. The new 2010 commission, including Commissioners-elect Carson Taylor and Chris Mehl, will be sworn in at the next regular meeting on Jan. 4.

Monday was also Planning Director Andy Epple’s final meeting. Epple is retiring after 22 years in the position. Assistant Planning Director Chris Saunders will serve as interim planning director while the city looks for Epple’s replacement.