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Parks board approves engineering contract for baseball stadium rebuild

The Dickinson Park Board approved a contract at its Friday morning meeting to bring CW Structural Engineers from Bismarck to Southside Ballpark to begin the design process that will guide the baseball stadium's planned reconstruction.

The Dickinson Park Board approved a contract at its Friday morning meeting to bring CW Structural Engineers from Bismarck to Southside Ballpark to begin the design process that will guide the baseball stadium's planned reconstruction.

James Kramer, director of Dickinson Parks and Recreation, said CW Structural's involvement with the project would include design work on a set of seven items, including the reconstruction of the concrete slab for the stadium's fixed seating, with the intent of developing plans to the point for the park district to have a set of options as it goes into the bidding process for the renovation.

"We've designed this so that, for us to get really good pricing on this, we need to get the design to a certain phase," Kramer said. "They're going to take it to a point where we can get some documents so we can go out and get some estimates before we go through the whole design process and bid it out so we know if we're relatively close to our budget, so we don't spend a bunch of money and can't physically do it."

Kramer said the city has allocated $210,000 to the project, the Dickinson Baseball Club has contributed $40,000 and the park district has given $50,000.

He said the baseball club has been contemplating a fundraising effort, which he said "will have to happen at some point, but we're not there yet."

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Kramer said the project would ideally begin with demolition and new concrete reconstruction beginning in September and extending into October. That ideal timeline would see seat installation completed by next spring.

"The first step is really to get a structural engineer in place to help us properly design what we need," he said, adding that the concrete deterioration at the stadium is "years away from almost being unusable."

CW Structural's proposed fee in the contract is a lump sum of $42,000, though Kramer said the contract would allow for some flexibility in meeting that cost.

Homiston, Sharpe sworn into office; Kovash elected temporary board chair

Not long after approving the contract for CW Structural, the board adjourned its meeting to quickly reform itself.

Immediately before the adjournment, Carol Herauf, the board's retiring chair and a 16-year park board member, was recognized for her service with a plaque and a lifetime membership to the West River Community Center and the Heart River Golf Course.

Herauf thanked Kramer and her peers from the commission for their work throughout the years.

"It's always fun to work with everybody to make Dickinson a better place," she said.

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After Herauf departed, newly elected board member KC Homiston and incumbent board member Howard Sharpe took their oaths of office and were sworn into their seats.

Following that, the board voted unanimously to instate Scott Kovash as its temporary chair and Sharpe as temporary vice president. Kovash thanked his peers for their decision and said it was an honor to have been selected.

"I would have never, when I started, would have dreamt that I'd be in this position, but I appreciate it," he said.

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