GOSHEN — The tennis courts at Goshen Community Schools are a step closer to receiving a facelift.

The Goshen School Board approved a $547,644 bid recommendation during its Monday meeting for the tennis court renovation. The bid was awarded to C&E Excavating Inc. of Elkhart.

According to Kelley Kitchen, director of finance for the school corporation, Barton Coe Vilamaa, the corporation’s architect, reviewed the bids received on Jan. 3 for the tennis court renovations and the bids were taken as a base bid with no alternate bids.

Others who submitted bids for the project were: Phend & Brown Inc. with a base bid of $574,815; Precision Construction & Contracting with a base bid of $650,900; Rieth-Riley Construction Co. Inc. with a base bid of $596,750; and Niblock Excavating Inc. with a base bid of $589,510.

“The apparent lowest responsive and responsible bidder is C&E Excavating Inc. of Elkhart,” Kitchen said in a memorandum to the board. “This bid is within the $600,000 budgetary estimate for the project.”

According to the project memorandum, the proposed renovations for the project include:

• Complete demolition of tennis court surface, replacement of base material as needed and new asphalt surface applied as well as all lines and markings redone.

• Installation of new concrete for bleacher pads and sidewalks.

• Installation of new hitting board, poles and hardware

• Installation of new galvanized fencing including the installation of a coach’s corridor between courts

• Conduits for future lighting and ball machines will be added.

Due to quality concerns with the proposed fencing contractor, Kitchen said the district is recommending moving to the next lowest subcontractor – R&C Fence of Fort Wayne.

“The contractual language included in the bidding specifications allows the school district to make a reasonable objection to proposed subcontractors,” Kitchen explained, “but in doing so the contract sum should be adjusted for any increase in cost for changing to another subcontractor.”

This then required a change order to the contract sum in the amount of $18,112 for an adjusted contract sum of $565,756, which the board approved unanimously.

Work on the tennis courts is slated to begin over the summer and be completed before the start of the boys’ tennis season in the fall.

In other news, the school board held a swearing-in ceremony for incumbents Roger Nafziger and Amanda Qualls for the at-large seats, Jose Elizalde for the District 1 seat, and newcomer Mario Garber for the District 3 seat.

The board also voted to reorganize. Last year’s vice president, Bradd Weddell, will now serve as president; Keith Goodman, last year’s secretary, will serve as the vice president; and board member Roger Nafziger will serve as secretary.

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