The final stages of the track redevelopment project at Weyauwega-Fremont High School are taking place, with work expected to be completed in about a week.
“The project is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 12,” district Administrator Scott Bleck said Monday afternoon.
That would be in time for a youth football scrimmage set for Saturday, Aug. 13, on the grounds.
Meanwhile, high school football practice began Wednesday.
“They will be able to practice off field,” Bleck said. “Once the rubber surface is on, you have to remain off it for a period of time.”
Earlier this week, Faulks Bros. Construction worked on grading the area by the home bleachers and concession area.
The school board voted at its July 25 meeting to blacktop and landscape that area. The cost for this addition to the project is $28,530. The board unanimously voted last February to spend no more than $320,000 on the project.
Last week’s vote to add $28,530 to that amount passed by a vote of 5-1 with Tony Beyer, Dan Kohl, Neal Loehrke, Sandy Smith and Randy Yorkson voting yes, and Doug Ehrenberg voting no. Jim Stuebs was absent.
Before the board voted, Ehrenberg said he could not rationalize spending an additional amount on the project when “we don’t have the money.”
The school district has about $9,000 in donations that will be put toward the $28,530 cost of finishing the area by the home bleachers. The rest of the money for that addition to the project will come from the district’s Fund 10 balance.
Bleck said if more donations come in for the track, they will then be put back into the Fund 10 balance.
The majority of the board agreed that the district should complete the project now.
“I guess if you’re going to do the project, you should finish it,” Yorkson said.
When Bleck was asked during the meeting how close to budget the project is, he replied, “We’re on the mark.”
Point of Beginning of Stevens Point designed the new track and is also serving as the general contractor for the project.
The project began on June 1. The asphalt was removed, the track was graded and a total of three inches of asphalt was then placed on the track. This week, the rubberized surface was set to be applied via a spray. In all, five layers will be applied.
The eight-lane rubber track will be an easier surface for athletes to run on, resulting in more competitive races.
The school district will also be able to host events.
Other aspects of the project include moving the triple jump so it is next to the long jump, with the pole vault between them.
Those who head there this fall for football games will also notice a paved walkway from inside the entrance gate with decorative shrubs.
The paving at the home bleachers completes it.