Tennis court repairs to be discussed Monday during commission meeting

BIG RAPIDS — The Hemlock Park tennis court is still functional but slowly is getting to the point where it may become unusable Mark Gifford said.

Gifford, public works director for Big Rapids, said there are major cracks in the court and a drainage problem which hasn’t helped issues.

That’s part of the reason he’s asking the city commission for $15,520 to repair cracks, level uneven areas, paint the court and replace the nets.

“You’re buying yourself a limited amount of time,” he said about the work.

Gifford said for several years the city has attempted to get grants to renovate the court, which was built in 1974.

Although the court underwent some repairs during the ’90s, he said the cracks have continued to widen. Though this won’t fix the problem, the repairs will prolong the life of the court for a several years.

“You could argue it’s lost some functionality right now,” Gifford said. “It continues to get worse.”

The city received three bids for the repairs, with Racquet Sports, of Comstock Park, being the lowest bidder.

He said the decision isn’t something he’s entirely happy with, but it needs to be done.

Commissioners will vote during their meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at City Hall.

During the meeting, commissioners also will vote on a compensation adjustment for the city’s non-bargaining employees.

City Manager Steve Sobers said he will bring a resolution to commissioners to give a 1 percent increase in pay for full-time non-bargaining employees and a .5 percent increase to part-time non-bargaining employees.

About 30 employees fit in the full-time category and 12 to 15 employees fit into the part-time employees, Sobers said.

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