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Third Wellesley ball diamond to get new lighting this year

A third ball diamond in Wellesley will be getting new lighting much sooner than expected this year in light of new information that getting all three finished would qualify the township for a discount.

Previously, council approved the installation of new light fixtures at the St. Clements west and east ball diamonds, while leaving the third, the Wellesley lower diamond, in the dark due to the possibility of a budget overrun.

“In reaching out to the contractor that was awarded the project for the two ball diamonds in St. Clements, he indicated that he could give us a $10,000 reduction on the project if we were to complete all three diamonds this year,” director of recreation Danny Roth told councillors meeting Tuesday night.

The project was awarded to Huron County-based Clark Multi-Trade Contractors Inc., the lowest of five tenders. The company will need eight to 10 weeks to complete the project.

While all of five bids exceeded the pre-approved budget number, Clarke Multi-Trade offered the lowest price at $97,000 per ball diamond. However, the discount would not apply if only two out of three ball diamond lights were replaced.

“He has stated to me that we will not receive the reduction if we just do the two diamonds this year,” said Roth. “He would receive a discount from his supplier on doing all three diamonds.

“Although he could not indicate to me exactly what the price would be in 2020, he did say ‘count on at least a 20 per cent increase next year.’”

The cost of the Wellesley lower diamond lights would be around $87,000, which would exceed the budgeted amount by $21,221.82, and would be funded from the recreation facilities reserve fund. The recreation services board informed township staff that while they are reluctant to use the funds, the recent federal and provincial grants could be used to replenish the reserve. With this week’s decision, the fund now has a balance of $222,232.74.

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