Co-Lin approves $1.05 million renovation

Published 11:20 am Tuesday, April 11, 2023

WESSON — Kenny Goza presented two options for softball field renovations to the Co-Lin Board of Trustees last Thursday in the board’s monthly meeting. Co-Lin Softball is currently 24-8 and 11-3 in conference play and is poised to have more success in the postseason.

One of the options for the renovation would be a bare bones project estimated at $975,000. It would come with a 3,300 square foot press box, add 286 seats, 60 chair back seats and would be entirely made of steel. 

Paul Jackson and Sons submitted an additional design featuring a more “collegiate” brick facade with the same number of seating and same sized press box. Goza said option two with the brick would cost roughly  $1,055,000. Co-Lin outgoing President Jane Hulon-Sims reminded the board she had asked them to set aside $1 million in funding for the project. 

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Trustee Rickey Clopton said everyone from the softball team and coaches up to the school president and board of trustees was able to provide feedback on the designs. He dedicated a lot of time to present the options. 

“I have visited every softball field in the state of Mississippi,” Clopton said. “In the south division, option 2 is comparable to what others have. It looks collegiate to me. It is not a high school facility. I am in favor of the brick design. It is more favorable to the eye.”

The press box would feature a viewing area for board members and guests as well as bathrooms on the second floor. Both plans include a new back stop. 

Estimated costs for the upgrades include demolishing the existing press box at the softball field. 

Randall Lofton motioned to go with option two and raise the $55,000 needed to add to the $1 million already earmarked for the project. His motion passed. 

Demolition will start as soon as the season ends.