In addition to awarding a $13.78 million general contractor bid to Paric Construction for the new Heckart Community Center, the Sedalia Park Board also awarded a $67,321 bid for signage to Impact Signs Thursday evening.

“We're really excited about the price we got,” Sedalia Parks and Rec Director Amy Epple commented after the 30-minute meeting.

"It gives us the opportunity to market everything we're doing. I can (program) it from my phone, or they can do it from a computer," Epple said. "We'd like to get this up and going, so we can update the public as the community center is being built."

The high-tech, full color electronic sign will also allow Parks & Rec to promote all its programs throughout the year, Epple said. In addition, paid advertising on the sign can bring in revenue to Parks and Rec. She suggested developing a policy concerning that.

The signage can be completed by Impact in four weeks once the project gets the green light, Epple noted.

The Board also awarded a $48,900 bid (plus expenses) to Henderson Building Solutions (Lenexa, Kansas) for the Center's Systems Commissioning.

Epple explained that involves having engineers come in and check the facility's electrical, heating and cooling systems to make sure everything is done correctly.

“It's one of those things you have to do and make sure it's done right,” Epple noted, adding that the bid came in well under the $75,000 budgeted for that part of the project.

A ground-breaking ceremony for the Heckart Community Center is expected to occur sometime in June.

A completion date of Dec. 22, 2021, has been established. Epple hopes to have the facility operational by sometime in February.

The Sedalia Park Board meets again June 4 at Convention Hall. The public is invited to attend.