Payment for Indoor Rec Complex Construction Work Top Order of Business for Council in Tonight's Meeting

By Chris Johnson on June 22, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has halted, delayed and in some cases cancelled a lot of activities and projects.

That hasn’t been the case though with the construction of the Bridgeport Indoor Sports and Recreation Complex.

The May payment of $1,796,752.80 to The Albert M. Higley Company out of Cleveland for the ongoing work on the Indoor Rec Complex will be the primary order of business for City Council in its regular meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. today.

“They were down for about two weeks until they got their plan together for how they were going to handle the COVID situation with their various contractors,” Bridgeport Mayor Andy Lang said. “We’re not far behind the original schedule at all.”

Lang added that the target date for the Indoor Rec Complex to open is still the spring of 2021.

“One major update is that the majority of the concrete for the pool is poured,” the Mayor said.

The only other new order of business on the agenda for tonight's meeting is the approval of the Cemetery Fund Budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

Council will also discuss any budget revisions and/or authorizations that come up as well as any other Indoor Rec Complex issues.

Prior to the state of new business there will be a proclamation recognizing June as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.

“We made it clear to the folks that asked for that proclamation that we are trying to limit the amount of people as far as social distancing at our meetings,” Lang said. “However, representatives are definitely welcome to come.”

The meeting will be conducted the same way as the previous one (June 8) where Council members will be spread out in the chamber to practice social distancing guidelines. Council members will also have the option of participating in the meeting virtually, although none are planning to do so as of now.

There is no work session meeting scheduled prior to the start of the regular meeting.

Editor's Note: photo, by www.benqueenphotography, shows a vehicle on the construction site of the Indoor Rec Complex.