By Erik Harris
For The Tribune
Pinson Mayor Hoyt Sanders said at Thursday’s Pinson City Council meeting that the replacement of the track at Pinson Valley High School will cost a bit more than the original estimate.
Sanders said he believed the Jefferson County Board of Education had budgeted $250,000, but Battle-Miller Construction won the bid for a total cost of $295,800, according to Jefferson County Schools. With engineering fees, the total cost is $326,768.
The project will be funded with local capital outlay and Jefferson County Commission grant funds, according to Jefferson County Schools.
The completion date for the new six-lane track is Aug. 28, assuming good weather. Should the project not be complete, the football schedule will remain the same. Pinson Valley’s first home football game is Sept. 6 against Mortimer Jordan.
Sanders said the school is also looking to build a new concession stand, which would at earliest begin after this football season.
“There’s no way we can shut down the concession stand in the middle of the season in order to rebuild a new one,” Sanders said.
The six-lane track will not validate competitive use against other schools. The new track will replace the original, which was constructed in 1972 when the high school opened.
Sanders also said there is a reward up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of any persons involved in the theft of a red Kawasaki Mule from the city’s little league ballpark and for a recent auto and home theft.