By Gary Nelson
Senior staff writer
Repairs and structural renovations may soon be under way at Cumberland County High School's Jet Stadium.
Last week, the Cumberland County Finance Committee approved a low bid for repairs in the phase one renovations.
Phase one includes repairing or replacing the handicap ramp access to the upper and lower level seating in the stadium and repairing or replacing the wall along the top of the seating area, as well as pressure washing the stadium and seating areas.
Cumberland County Director of Schools Aarona VanWinkle said after meeting with the fire marshal, the school system was told once the project is started, the stadium can not be used until the project is completed.
"The construction people said they could complete the project and finish it by the end of July. But if it's not, we will not be able to use the stadium. The funds are in this year's budget. They could also wait and do the project after football season. The upper areas would have to be roped off and not used," VanWinkle said. "If the project is not started, then the funds will carry over to next year's budget."
The two bids submitted on the project were from J. Cumby Construction, Inc. and Merit Construction.
The low bid was submitted by J. Cumby Construction, Inc. in the amount of $149,700 and in a letter to the finance department, Scott Christian, engineer for the BOE from Environmental and Civil Engineering Services, recommended accepting the low bid and contracting with J. Cumby Construction, Inc.
Mike Harvel, 7th District commissioner, moved to accept the low bid and award the contract to J. Cumby Construction, Inc. Harvel's motion was supported by Cumberland County Highway Superintendent Scott Blaylock.
It was unanimously approved.