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The City of Warren has approved a bid for work and an easement agreement pursuant to improvement work at Beaty Park.

Warren City Council approved a $188,455 bid from Kingsview Paving and Excavating for work including reconstruction of basketball and tennis court and installation of fencing and walkways.

The project is currently running over budget, by approximately $34,000.

According to Director of Public Works Mike Holtz, $154,000 was originally approved for the project, while total project estimates stand at approximately $200,000, putting the Kingsview bid near the median between approved funding and estimates.

The city has $77,000 of state grant funding, $52,000 budgeted from the city general fund and $25,000 from the Community Foundation of Warren County in place for the project. Holtz said other funds totaling approximately $17,000 are also available, leaving a remaining funding shortfall of approximately $17,000.

The city will be pursuing additional state grant funding to cover the remaining shortfall.

Holtz assured council at its meeting last week that the work would not impact the city’s general fund beyond what the $52,000 originally budgeted for the project.

Council’s bid approval is contingent upon the city securing the remainder of project funding.

Council also approved a temporary easement agreement with the Warren County School District for the project.

The easement will allow access to the park over district property.

“It’s about equivalent to the one we used for the skate park,” Holtz said.

The district has also reviewed and approved the measure.

Work at the site is tentatively scheduled to run this summer with a fall completion date.

Council also approved improvement work at Karen Bonnell Field.

The city had received a letter from Barb Phillips requesting approval of repainting of the sign, replanting and refurbishing of landscaping.

The request passed unanimously.