Springdale City Council Considering Minor League Franchise

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) _ The priorities are clear for a special
meeting of the Springdale City Council tomorrow -- look at a
proposed contract for the Wichita Wranglers to move to a new
stadium to be built at Springdale -- and if that's OK, then look at
what needs to be done to get the stadium built and properly served
by roads.

If the contract with the Wranglers can be finalized and
approved, the meeting is expected to move on to contracts for
designing the stadium, appraising the property and design of street

A bond-issue proposal approved by voters on July Eleventh
included six (m) million dollars for stadium infrastructure -- road
improvements, water, sewer and electricity. If the lease agreement
is approved, council members are expected to review an ordinance
giving Engineering Services Incorporated the contract to design
street improvements near the stadium.

The city expects to pay 320-thousand, 500 dollars for the design
and 134-thousand, 500 dollars for construction-management services.
Engineering Services' estimates the street improvement costs to
total four-point-478 (m) million dollars.

Rene Langston, executive director of Springdale Water Utilities,
said plans for water and sewer improvements can't be developed
until the design of the stadium is completed by the architects. The
firm of Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum is doing that work.

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