Two weeks ago, the Rolla City Council approved a bid--the only bid received--for resurfacing the Ber Juan Park tennis courts, and Monday night, the council authorized a contract for the work.

Two weeks ago, the Rolla City Council approved a bid--the only bid received--for resurfacing the Ber Juan Park tennis courts, and Monday night, the council authorized a contract for the work.
“This will allow us to restore the courts to better playability and extend the life of the current surface to its maximum,” Parks and Recreation Director Floyd Jernigan said two weeks ago in his commentary. He added that three companies that looked at the courts estimated that maximum time to be 5-10 years.
Although three companies considered bidding, only one actually did. That was McConnell and Associates, St. Louis for $52,350, somewhat higher than the $51,000 appropriated in the budget.
“This was budgeted for this year and identified as a capital improvement project with Prop P funds,” Jernigan said. “Rolla Public Schools is committing a total of $15,000,” he noted. Of that, $10,000 will go toward paying McConnell and Associates. Another $5,000 plus labor will be used to put in a shade structure and storage space for the tennis courts.
The company will fill subsurface cracks, reseam edges and patch and reinforce needed areas, remove loose paint, repaint posts, reinstall center anchor, recolor and reapply acrylic resurfacer, color coat and return United States Tennis Association lines.
There is a one-year labor and materials warranty.
“The tennis court surface was installed in 2003 with a 10-year warranty,” Jernigan wrote in his description of the project. “It was repainted in 2009. It was due to be resurfaced in 2013-2014 but was delayed due to budget constraints. Restoration has exceeded the normal maintenance cycle by four years. Wing damage in spring 2016 further necessitated the need for renovation.”
The council approved a motion authorizing the mayor “to execute Acceptance of a Proposal from McConnell and Associates for the resurfacing of the tennis courts.
In other business or discussion:
* The council approved a motion authorizing destruction of certain records, a request made by city Finance Director Steffanie Rogers.
State statute allows the removal of the records, such as vehicle maintenance logs, council meeting audio recordings, microfilms of accident reports and incident reports, after a certain period of time.
* The council also approved moving city funds to First State Community Bank, a recommendation also presented by Rogers. First State Community Bank had the winning bid to serve as the city‘s depository, with an interest rate of 0.30 percent. The other bid, from First Community National Bank, was for 0.25 percent. No fees will be charged to the city for banking services. Rogers said the funds will be transitioned July 1 for a four-year term.
*The mayor asked Police Chief Sean Fagan to update the council on the city’s response to the suspicious package at Missouri University of Science & Technology.
Chief Fagan described the events, which have already been reported,  but he stressed the communication and cooperation between University Police, Rolla Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the FBI, as well as the U.S. Army.
“It was made to look like a device,” Fagan said, meaning an explosive device. Fortunately, it turned out to be a hoax, and the person who manufactured and placed the fake explosive device was soon taken into custody.
“He said he was testing us,” Fagan said of the man, a local resident, who set the non-explosive device.
The chief indicated he believed the man to be a disturbed individual.
Looking at the event, which kept many law enforcement officers on alert for 12 or more hours, including the chief, positively, the chief said it turned out to be the best training exercise he could  hope for.
The mayor thanked the chief and all the law men and women for their work.
*The council approved the mayor‘s reappointment of Ted Day to the Enhanced Enterprise Zone board.
* The council set the next meeting for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 5.