FERRIS – After six years of deliberation and planning by the city of Ferris, approval was given Monday night for the construction of the new Ferris Public Library and Mutz Park Baseball fields.

Boyd London of First Southwest, a financial advisory service retained by the city of Ferris, assured the council that interest rate on the 7,200 square feet facility would be less than 5 percent over a 15-year period.

“The shorter the schedule, the less the (interest) rate will be on the project,” London said.

City manager Eric Strong said Modern Construction based in Bedford, Texas, submitted the lowest bid for the project and that it would hold the bid for three months until financing was secured.

Construction will begin on the Mutz Park baseball fields in late June to early July 2011. The council approved the Interlocal Purchasing System by submitting a purchase order for Landscapes Unlimited to perform the construction and renovation of the park.

The total library/baseball field project will total $1.5 million or less, with the cost of the Mutz Park portion being $553,300 and the library $835,000.

The city council approved the 4B Economic Development Ferris Economic Development and Downtown Streetscape Improvement project, including new benches, planters trash cans and street lights and facade improvement at the city council chamber project at a cost of $25,000 with potential funding from the general fund.

“We hope to be able to get this (project) in place prior to the brick festival, which is almost three months away,” said economic development and Main Street director Chuck Dart, who gave special recognition to Main Street board members Christi Farish and Bruce Fowler for their work on the project.

The council also approved the 4B EDC recommendation concerning the bleacher and shade structure project for the ballpark.

In other action, the council voted:

• to tap SBJ Management LLC of Ferris to oversee the renovation of the new Ferris City Council chambers.

• To call for the city of Ferris Election 2011, slated for May 14, and mail-in ballots due by May 6.

• To terminate the Tech Law Enforcement Records Management Systems agreement, a system designed to interface law enforcement with the courts. City IT director Doug Childers notified the council that reverting to the former system with him writing the city’s own interface program would be sufficient for the operation.

• Appointed Terry Ross and Mary Salas to the Ferris Housing Authority Board.

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