In November 2012, Moore voters approved a $25.1 million bond issue to pay for the park. Bids will be completed this month and construction is expected to start in May. According to city staff notes, the recreation center and aquatic parts of the project will take 12 to 15 months to complete.
Jenson said it’s key for the business model, policies and procedures, equipment and bidding specifications, and staffing plans for the park, recreation center and aquatic park to be developed, starting immediately.
Council members questioned whether the work could be done in-house, but Jenson said no one on staff has experience with a fitness or aquatic center. He said these are major components of the park and need to be done right for the park to be successful.
The council approved the request.
In other city business, City Manager Steve Eddy said 502 building permits for new homes in the storm area have been issued, putting Moore at the halfway point for rebuilding starts.
He also said the drawing for the storm shelter rebate will be done in the next couple of days and people will be notified soon. Because of FEMA rules, those who already built a shelter are not eligible for the rebate.
Joy Hampton 366-3544 jhampton@ mooreamerican.com