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Stadium project still on sideline

Alex Green • Jan 21, 2014 at 9:00 PM

The Port Clinton board of education has yet to vote on whether it will upgrade its football stadium, but it discussed details of the potential project for almost two hours Monday night.


The potential renovation project has been handed over to the Poggemeyer Design Group out of Toledo, namely because of the board’s comfort level with the firm.


“Poggemeyer has done a lot of work for the city in the past,” Port Clinton Superintendent Pat Adkins said.


The company’s bid certainly helped its case.


Poggemeyer gave two estimates of $1.8 million and $2 million, a steep decrease from the project’s initial $3 million estimate from a different firm.


Is the project likely to get the go-ahead?


“I would hope so,” Adkins said, when asked if the board is leaning in favor of it.


The board is scheduled to vote Monday, if it can receive information such as concrete financing details from the bank of the Port Clinton Athletic Complex Association by then.


Members of the association said they will have the numbers by the end of the week.


The Port Clinton Athletic Complex Association is spearheading the project, not the Fullbackers as the group first reported.


The two organizations are comprised of the same members, but the Athletic Complex Association encompasses all Port Clinton athletics, not just football — which seems fitting, as the project would not only resurface the playing field but improve the track and portions of the bleachers as well.


The revamped stadium would also provide advertising opportunities.


Donors could stamp their names on features such as the press box and playing field for about $50,000.


Adkins said the board is trying to decide whether it will have to dip into its permanent improvement fund, a key factor in whether the project will get the thumbs-up.


If used, the permanent improvement funds would go toward elements of the stadium that need maintenance with or without the renovation project.


“(The project) would not cost taxpayers additional money,” Adkins said.


Port Clinton education board President David Belden seemed enthusiastic about the project Monday night.


“It is an exciting opportunity for our community,” he said.

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