Northwest Arkansas Considering Minor League Baseball Team

AUGUST 28, 2006 - Posted at 3:43 p.m. CDT

SPRINGDALE, AR - 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 okay, 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 improvements.

A bond-issue proposal approved by voters on July 11 included $6 million 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 $320,500 for the design and $134,500 for construction-management services.  Engineering Services estimates the street improvement costs to total $4.478 million.

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.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)