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Ripon’s dream fields slowly taking shape

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POSTED March 21, 2013 1:05 a.m.

Construction of the softball fields at the Mistlin Sports Complex is taking shape.

At Tuesday’s Ripon City Council meeting, Ted Johnston, director of public works, took notice of the new light standards and some recent landscaping work.

“It’s a very complex project, but it’s coming together,” he said.

The timeline for completion is still uncertain after some existing utility conflicts interfered with the underground infrastructure plan during the early stages of construction that took place a few months ago.

O.C. Jones & Sons, who are the general contractor for the project that feature four new softball fields around the signature water tower – restrooms and concession facilities are also in the plan – had to a make a change order of over $226,000.

Any additional project cost came from the Parks Capital Fund, according to staff.

Work had consisted of lowering the existing irrigation mainline and lowering some existing lines to the required depths as specified by the utility companies; adding potable water and storm drain conflicts with existing utilities; adding fire hydrant, gutter connections at the tower along with grease interceptor and gas line; and grading for a future sidewalk planned for the north / east field perimeter.

O.C. Jones along with the Lodi civil engineering firm of Neil O Anderson & Associates – they handled the foundation excavation for the dugouts, field density testing, and reinforcing steel and concrete observation,  to name a few – and HCS Engineering, Inc., an electrical engineering firm from Stockton, received council approval on their progress payments.

No discussion was necessary.

Ripon hopes to make Mistlin one of the premier facilities in Northern California.

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