CORNING — The City Council Tuesday evening will discuss whether the tennis courts at Estil C. Clark and Northside parks should be reconstructed or resurfaced.
In the 2021-2022 budget, the city has carved out $237,500 for replacing playground equipment at Edith Park, reconstructing the tennis courts at Northside Park and either reconstructing or replacing tennis courts at Clark Park and bathroom renovations at Woodson Park.
Resurfacing the courts at Northside would cost around $85,000, but they are in good condition. On the other hand, the Clark courts are in worse wear and would cost substantially more to replace.
The council has an option of making the courts usable as tennis and pickleball courts, but the budget would need to increase between $120,000 to $200,000.
The resurfacing project includes putting a fenced playground area where the Clark Park tennis courts are, buying new playground equipment and creating a four-square hopscotch area. If this option is chosen, an allocation of $150,000 to $200,000 would be needed from the budget.
To proceed with the bid process, the city’s staff needs clarification on whether the courts should be converted into multi-use courts, solely tennis courts or one court for tennis and one court designed for pickleball.
A few residents have requested pickleball courts and a single tennis court can be converted to four pickleball courts.
In other business
The council will look at a one-year building consulting contract with John Fleming, a part-time building inspector for Orland.
The city’s building department consists of one employee, Dan Redding. The city does not have someone to step in for Redding if he becomes sick, needs time off or goes on vacation.
The council approved a consulting contract with Fleming in December 2020 and it is close to expiring.
Flemming has expressed interest in renewing the contract with a $2 per hour increase for an additional year.
Tuesday’s meeting will be in person at 6:30 p.m. in City Council chambers, 794 Third St. Meetings are free and open to the public.