Construction of the JBS Soccer Complex east of the softball fields near Westview Park and Paulsen Field is expected to begin this year.
Pipestone City Council members during their June 21 meeting approved paying Reker Construction and Aggregate, LLC., of Adrian, $135,000 for dirt and storm sewer work for the complex. Reker’s proposal was the less expensive of two quotes acquired by the city.
Travis Winter, with Bolton and Menk, said the estimated cost of the project was about $165,000. That is below the $175,000 threshold for which competitive bids are required by state statute, so Winter said he solicited proposals from two contractors he thought could do the work.
Winter said the plan is to complete the project this summer, so that grass can be seeded. The initial plan was to have the ground leveled last fall and then plant the grass.
Pipestone Mayor Myron Koets said later in the week that survey work and preparing the legal description prior to purchasing the land took longer than expected, which delayed the project. He said Reker will likely begin their work in the next few weeks and then the grass will be seeded, either by a contractor or city staff. Koets said it will take about a year for the grass to get established, so the fields probably won’t be playable until 2023.
He said the city might also add a bathroom at the site because there are only two at the nearby softball field now. He said the details of that potential element of the project are yet to be determined and will depend on the project’s budget.
JBS USA donated $300,000 through its Hometown Strong initiative for the soccer complex last year. The initial plans for the complex include a full size soccer field, two smaller fields and a playground.
The city purchased the land for the complex from the Pipestone Development Company for $58,000. With the $135,000 approved for Reker Construction, Koets said there’s about $106,000 remaining in the project’s budget.