Supers take bids on sports complex
By Dwayne Bremer
May 20, 2014, 19:45
The Hancock County Board of Supervisors on Monday accepted two bids on its proposed sports complex which will be built near the corner of highways 603 and 43.
The bids were from Century Construction and Realty of Tupelo, which submitted a bid slightly above $11 million; and Mike Rozier Construction of Hattiesburg, which submitted a bid of $9.85 million.
Supervisors did not award either company the project because the bids apparently came in several million dollars over budget.
"We took the bids under advisement," Board Vice-President Steve Seymour said Tuesday. "We are going to take a look at them and see if there is anything we can cut to bring the price down and still have a nice complex."
The idea of a county sports complex has been discussed ever since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
In January, supervisors purchased 82 acres of land northwest of highways 603 and 43.
The project is being funded through Community Development Block Grant received after Hurricane Katrina.
Seymour said in January that the complex will consist of eight baseball/softball fields, 10 soccer fields, and two football fields. Bathrooms, concession stands, and other amenities will also be constructed, he said.
Supervisors also plan to use the current Kiln hurricane shelter, which is located on the property, as an indoor training facility when the shelter is not being occupied, he said.
Supervisors will decide at their next meeting whether to award the project or solicit for new bids.