County commissioners approve lone bid for portable facilities at equine pavilion

By PATTI SELLS | News-Telegram Feature Writer

Dec 4, 2007 - A bid on portable commercial arena equipment for the Hopkins County Equine Pavilion was accepted by county commissioners in a special meeting Monday morning.

David Byrnes, owner of The Equine Company, submitted the lone bid of $49,951.60 for the portable facilities, which include four rows of bleachers, corral gates, roping box and chute, ranch railings, gates, panels, piping and other recommended material for the project. 

The design is for a multi-functional arena that would be able to serve large venues and be modular, according to Byrnes.

"The design reflects this by having the roping boxes positioned outside the arena," Byrnes wrote in his proposal. "This area can be closed off by gates specified and drawn into the design. This allows for another event such as barrel racing to occur, with little or no break down of the equipment."

Not included are the arena's sound system, roof, restrooms, sidewalks and parking lot, with the pavement material yet to be determined. 

According to Precinct 4 Commissioner Danny Evans, bids are already in for asphalt.

"Whatever we want, hot mix, cold mix, that's already covered," he said. "That bid is already in." 

If concrete is chosen, however, it would still have to be bid out, according to Evans.

"Whatever is fastest and most economical — we've got to roll," said Beth Wisenbaker, Precinct 1 Commissioner.

According to Hopkins County Judge Cletis Millsap, final decisions and permitting should be concluded by the end of December, with the project completed by March.

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