A summer of South Park improvements

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Cassville looks at 4 major projects to be completed by September

The city of Cassville is planning this summer to make four major improvements to South Park, used frequently for the soccer fields, community events, like TroutFest, and the winding greenway trails that wrap around the city.

Based on a meeting between the city and Barry Electric at the end of March, a list of projects, needed materials and the potential cost was released.

The four project include:

• Additional electrical services, or three additional 200 amp electrical services be used for community events like TroutFest, where vendors need electric access

• Lighting of one of the soccer fields

• Lighting of the driveway to the soccer fields

• Outdoor wireless WiFi access points

David Brock, Cassville public works director, said the city aims to complete the projects a month before TroutFest 2021, which is scheduled for Sept. 18.

“We would like to have it completed before that so all the trenches have time to settle and some vegetation has been reestablished,” he said. “Formal approval by city elected officials is needed. They will have a purchase order for the expense to Barry Electric on their May agenda.”

Work on the electric services and soccer field lighting can start no sooner than June, after soccer season has ended.

“These two elements have some common wires, components and trenches and requires both Barry Electric and city staff to work alongside one another,” Brock said. “The wiring for the drive and parking lot lighting and the fiber optic for the WiFi will share the same trench. The wireless routers will be mounted on the same poles as the light fixtures.”

The location of this construction will not impact any park activities and does not require significant coordination between city crews and Barry Electric crews.

“[The driveway lighting and WiFi routers] will likely be completed first, as there are fewer complications,” he said. “Lighting the soccer field has been included in the annual budget discussions for at least the last two years but never made the final cut.

“The impetus was moving community events to this area and a desire to improve TroutFest.”

Extending electric service makes the soccer field lighting easier to accomplish, and this specific proposal was developed in the last 30 days or so.

According to Gary Paul, Barry Electric staking technician, the first project of additional electrical services will require an estimated 525 feet of new primary underground line extension, three new 25 Kva Padmount Transformers, and three new Underground Pedestals with 200 Amp Meter Combos.

Barry Electric will provide the approximately 525 feet of new underground line extensions at $4 per foot, and the new Pedestals and 200 Amp Mete Cobos at $200 each, for an approximate total charge of $2,700.

“It would be the city’s responsibility to provide all of the excavation and gravel for this part of the project,” Paul said. “Rhino Boxes and Cords will also be required to allow the vendors to have a place to plug in, to access electric service. One or more of these Rhino Boxes will be needed at each of the new 200 amp services.”

Brock said, the city will be responsible for almost half a mile of trenching, as well as a few hundred dollars for materials.

“All the wiring will be in PVC conduit, and gravel bedding is needed for new transformer boxes,” he said. “All trenching will be done by city staff. “

For TroutFest last year, five Rhino Boxes were used during the event. The boxes were borrowed from the Chamber of Commerce and Barry Electric, and Barry Electric has agreed to allow the city to borrow the boxes as needed for community events.

“The Chamber has advised that two more Rhino boxes are needed even with the loaner units from Barry Electric,” Brock said. “We plan to purchase those. I expect good cooperation from each entity that has Rhino boxes.”

For the project of lighting the soccer field, the city has decided that soccer field four will be lit.

“This is the largest field and is used for tournaments,” Brock said. “Lighting allows for the number of competing teams to be increased and permits night time practices. Barry Electric has consistently donated their labor and equipment use on parks projects. Their generosity is greatly appreciated.”

Barry Electric will provide four poles at $525 each.

“Barry Electric will provide the labor to install the poles, lights and wiring for no charge,” Paul said. “It will be the city’s responsibility to provide all of the excavation, with the exception of setting the poles.”

There will also be an approximate cost of $22,500 for equipment including 16 lights, crossarms, contactor, and all the wiring, ending with an approximate total cost of $24,600 for this project.

Projects three and four, the driveway lighting and WiFi router installation, can most likely coincide with each other.

“In our opinion, six new poles and lights will be required to provide adequate lighting along the driveway area,” Paul said. “Barry Electric will provide and install these poles for $300 each, and six 183-watt LED lights, mounting arms, the conduit and wire up the pole and the energy to operate these lights. Barry Electric will install the wire and make all the necessary connections.”

The city will need to provide the underground wire and conduit to feed these lights, at an approximate cost of $2,500, as well as provide all of the excavation to install this underground wire. This is an approximate total cost of $4,300.

“If the security lighting poles are installed along the driveway, that would give an excellent place to install and power outdoor wireless WiFi access points,” Paul said. “At least two of these outdoor wireless access points will be needed to cover the entire area. We have used the Ruckus T710 units with good success, and they are approximate $1,800 each at this time.”

In addition, approximately 1,500 feet of new buried fiberoptic cable will be required to access these new units.

“GoBEC will provide the fiberoptic and conduit at a cost of $0.75 per foot (approximate cost of $1,125),” Paul said. “The city would be responsible to all of the excavation required to install this cable. GoBEC will provide all of the cable splicing and installation of the units for no charge.”

Brock said the installation charges are standard for street lighting circuits as are the monthly energy fees. The city will complete the excavation and install the conduit for the wire.

“Street lights are unmetered with the flat rate energy cost per month,” he said. “All the other electric improvements are metered services. The city will pay typical electric rates based on usage.”

For WiFi services, Brock said at present, WiFi service will be limited to the dates and area of the community event area but continuous availability is being discussed. 

“There are no plans to expand to other parts of the city although our experience with this first step may pave the way for expansion,” he said. “WiFi access to be available during community events only.”

The annual fee is for access to the web-based controls for the modems.

“We are asking the Board of Aldermen to approve up to $40,000 to account for additional Rhino boxes and unforeseen changes,” Brock said. “The expense was not budgeted, but both the parks fund and capital improvements fund has sufficient cash reserves to pay for the initial outlay. Access fees for WiFi will be charged to parks maintenance and operations budget, and energy costs for street lighting to the street department.”

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