The memorable sounds of summer surround us - children swatting balls with baseball bats, water splashing in swimming pools, families gathering for picnics in our parks, and the wonderfully exciting clanks of construction, construction, construction!
The Durant Community Facilities Authority turns one year old this month. Since work on our athletic and recreational facilities projects continues to move along at a steady pace, I thought it important to share with you all a brief year-in-review summary of some of the DCFA highlights. The list is abbreviated and not intended to represent all DCFA work but should give you a sense of the progress that has been made. Thanks to Steve Boggs, publisher, I'm able to provide the update through our local newspaper, The Durant Daily Democrat.
-June 2004: Durant Community Facilities Authority formed elected officers and drafted by-laws.
-July 2004: DCFA initiated project planning for the Multi-Sports Complex.
- September 2004: DCFA hosted the four leading turf companies for public presentations and conditionally accepted transfer of 177 acres of land from the Durant Multi-Sports Association for the new sports complex.
- October 2004: DCFA approved the issuance of revenue bonds ($17,000,000) for the purpose of building and improving sports facilities in Durant.
- December 2004: DCFA opened bids for Paul Laird Field project and renovation to the football stadium began.
- January 2005: Pre-design planning for the new arena began and site visits scheduled for spring.
- February 2005: DCFA takes title to the 177 acre site from the Durant Multi-Sports group.
- April 2005: Site plans and construction documents for Sports Complex near completion and Paul Laird Field project continues on schedule.
- May 2005: Bid documents for the Durant Sports Complex released and pre-design work for arena nears completion.
- June 2005: Bids for construction at the new Durant Sports Complex will be opened and awarded.
- July 2005: Construction is scheduled to begin at the new Durant Multi-Sports Complex.
You can see that the momentum is moving forward at a good pace.
In closing, it is important to note that the Trustees and Officers of the DCFA are devoted to serving the citizens and taxpayers of this area, continue to dedicate countless hours of their time, and still believe deeply that the community facilities projects will help build a better Durant.
If you ever have any questions or comments about activity related to our community facilities projects, please feel free to contact me directly.
I can be reached by phone at 745-3079 or by email at email@example.com.