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First phase of Lakeside athletic complex likely to be approved

Posted: July 10, 2012 - 11:09pm
An artist's rendering shows a sports complex near Lakeside High School. Commissioners are expected to approve a bid Tuesday.  Special Photo
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An artist's rendering shows a sports complex near Lakeside High School. Commissioners are expected to approve a bid Tuesday.

Work will soon begin to develop a new athletic complex behind Lakeside High School.

Columbia County commissioners are expected Tuesday to approve a $3.1 million bid for site preparation for the complex, planned for 70 acres behind the school’s baseball fields.

The Board of Education and the county are sharing the first-phase costs of the project, which would prepare the site for construction, county Construction and Maintenance Division Director Matt Schlachter said at the June 26 public works committee meeting.

The $3.1 million bid item was placed on the commission’s consent agenda.

“This is about $1.7 million less than we had budgeted,” Schlachter said. “We got some really good bids there.”

Phase one includes installation of water, sewer and stormwater systems, building the main road and rough grading of the entire site.

“Phase one is basically us getting the site prepared for future growth,” Schlachter said.

The school system and county are sharing site-preparation expenses. Because each owns 35 acres of the property, each side will be developed separately after the first phase, Schlachter said.

But each will share full use of the complex amenities. The finished complex, originally expected to cost about $12 million, will include:

• A 3,000- to 4,000-seat football stadium and accompanying multipurpose practice field, weight room and fieldhouses

• four regulation-sized soccer fields, along with an additional championship soccer field

• a baseball field and soccer field with batting cages in between

• track and field accommodations, including an eight-lane track

• a six-court tennis facility, and,

• walking trails and playgrounds.

Site work is expected to begin in August and last about six months, Schlachter said.

Upon its completion, the project will provide a second entrance to the Lakeside complex, with access leading to Evans to Locks Road.

The facility also will connect to county-owned green space that adjoins Reed Creek Nature Center on Furys Ferry Road.

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Sweet son

Funded on the Backs of Teachers and Taxpayers!

Had many thoughts on this but lost interest because of the timing! School budgets are struggling and county budgets are as tight as they can bee. Just wondered where the money is coming from. Maybe TSPLOST which I will NOT be voting for!

Barry Paschal

SPLOST funded

The complex is funded by the county and school board sales taxes. Teachers are not funded (and, legally, can't be funded) by the sales tax.

Sweet son

Thank for the Info Barry

Your editorial said vote no on TSLOST so now we need to vote no on the current SLOST whenever it comes up for renewal.

Sweet son


Just tighten up the spending as we have done in our home!