After 16 years, the track at Harmon Field is scheduled to be resurfaced this summer.
Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members Tuesday unanimously accepted the lowest bid for the work, which is expected to be completed by Aug. 1 at a total cost of $65,566.
“We’ve done as many repairs to it as we could,” Wapakoneta City Schools Operations Director Mike Watt said. “This past spring before track started, sections could be lifted up, they weren’t adhered anymore. We had to adhere it with material from Lowe’s to get us through.”
Installed in the mid-1990s, Watt said the track has reached its lifespan.
“It’s at the point where it needs to be replaced,” Watt said.
The district received two bids for the work,
one from low bidder Heiberger Paving, of Canal Winchester, which they accepted.
The other bid from Hellas Construction of Austin, Texas, was considerably more expensive, Watt said.
Heiberger’s bid, which reflected $55,566 for black rubber and $10,000 for disposal and removal, also was $10,500 below estimate. Funding for the project is coming from the district’s permanent improvement fund.
By partnering with local company Midwest Elastomers for the rubber product used in the polyurethane base used for resurfacing also reduced Heiberger’s costs.
“It seems to be good timing with oil prices having dropped,” Watt said.
Board member Ron Mertz said with the 16-year-old track at the point it needs to be replaced, it’s a good time to do it.
“We don’t need to throw good money after bad,” Mertz said.
It also was mentioned that without the repairs an athlete could be injured while using the track.
While a red rubber product was considered to be used for the track, costs for that were $30,000 more.
“It looks nice, but for $30,000, black looks nice, too,” Watt said.
The Athletic Department would have had to cover the additional costs and it isn’t readily available in their budget now, he said.
“It didn’t seem like the right thing to do,” Watt said, mentioning other ongoing projects, too.
Since the existing surface is to be removed, there will be a period during the work that the track may be closed to the public.
The resurfacing is expected to take between seven to 12 days, weather permitting. The project should begin by the middle of July.
“We expect the life of the resurfacing to be 15 to 20 years,” Watt said. “That’s what we expected out of it before and what we got out of it.”
He planned to call Heiberger today to get moving as quickly as possible on the contract and work, which would have a minimum 3-year warranty.