Pelzer approves ballfield restoration and gym HVAC projects


During their meeting Tuesday, Pelzer Town Council approved minutes from three previous meetings and funding for two major projects.
Council unanimously approved appointing Bryson R. Chavis to the Planning Commission.
Council unanimously approved a resolution to adopt the Anderson/Oconee Hazard Mitigation Plan. Adopting the plan enables the Town of Pelzer to apply for and receive government funding if there is a disaster.
Council approved a bid for infield restoration at Bill Hopkins Field. According to Mayor Will Ragland, only one company, Wilson and Associates Sports Turf in Lexington, submitted a bid for the project. Ragland said the company has done work for Greenville County, University of South Carolina and other Upstate towns.
The project will include removal of existing grass, establishing base distances, providing the necessary sand and clay mix for the infield to restore the ballfields.
Cost for the project is $24,300. The Town has received state and county funding which can be used for the project. Ragland said Senator Mike Gambrell secured $10,000 and Anderson County Council District 7 representative Cindy Wilson secured $5,000. Cost for Pelzer will be $9,300.
Ragland said, “I am very excited about this company working with us. It will be done right.” Ragland said when the project is completed, the ballfield will require regular maintenance to keep it in great condition. “We have to have a plan for regular assured maintenance,” he said.
Hopefully once we invest we will have some interest in it. Citizens would like to see it restored. We have funding. It is a great project. I dont want it to fall into neglect again.
Council unanimously approved awarding the bid.
Council also aproved a bid of $42,000 by HVAC Doctors for HVAC improvements at the Pelzer Gym and lobby.
Ragland said he is meeting with Representative Anne Thayer to discuss possible PARD funding to help cover the cost of the project. The Town is also looking to see if funds from a PARD grant of $15,000 that was awarded to the town and planned for a different project could be used on the gym HVAC project.