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Work on Callas Stadium could get under way next week

January 25, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

karenh@herald-mail.com

North Hagerstown High School's home field could begin taking shape next week, as work on the new Mike Callas Stadium gets under way.

The Washington County Board of Education on Tuesday night unanimously approved a $920,170 contract with C. William Hetzer Inc. for work on the site where the stadium will be built.

In response to a question from board member Paul W. Bailey, who wanted to know when the work would begin, Facilities Management Director Rodney Turnbough said ground moving could start next week.

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"We're anxious and champing at the bit," Turnbough told Bailey.

According to published reports, the stadium will have 1,864 seats, but it will be built without visitors' bleachers.

When it began its capital campaign in October 2004, the stadium committee set out to raise $2.3 million. The project cost now stands at $3.5 million.

Bids for other parts of the project probably will go out around the middle of next month, said Jim Brown, honorary chairman of the stadium committee. Those bids should help the committee better figure the entire cost of the project, he said.

"It's impossible to tell until they come in," Brown said by phone Tuesday night.

The committee is looking to get in-kind donations for work on the stadium, Brown said.

"We're working at $3.2 million" in pledges, Brown said.

Brown praised committee members and the community for helping make the project a reality and said he was excited C. William Hetzer Inc. was chosen to do the site work.

"They made it possible for me to open up the ARCC on time, and I bet they make it possible for us to open the stadium on time for the football and soccer teams," said Brown, who served as athletic director at Hagerstown Community College when the Athletic, Recreation and Community Center opened.

Turnbough said the cost of the bid for site work is in line with projections. The board received bids from two other companies - one for more than $1.1 million and the second for almost $1.2 million.

"A good portion of the work is the excavation," Turnbough said.

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