The Bessemer City Council has approved the low bid of Argo Building Company for the new Senior and Youth Recreation Center at Roosevelt Park.
The City Council voted unanimously to accept the low bid $12.2 million. Four other companies bid on the project.
The low bid was about $700,000 less than the budgeted amount for the project.
The project is expected to start next month with completion set for spring 2016.
"This is something the citizens of Bessemer have been awaiting for a long time," Mayor Kenneth Gulley said. "I am thrilled this day is finally here and construction is about to begin."
The new 55,000-square foot Recreational Facility at Roosevelt Park will feature meeting space, indoor swimming pools, indoor basketball courts, fitness and exercise rooms, an indoor walking track and other features.
The city is renovating the Roosevelt Park property adjacent to the center. It will include a walking trail, an amphitheatre, a water feature, baseball fields, tennis courts and outdoor basketball courts. The park will feature a pavilion for picnics. A splash pad feature will adorn the outside of the Recreational Facility.
The project's architect team is Charles Williams and Associates of Birmingham. AG Gaston Construction is serving as Project Management team on the project.
The city of Bessemer will host an Inaugural/Swearing-In Ceremony for elected municipal officials on Nov. 3.
The ceremony will start at 9 a.m. and be held at the Bessemer Civic Center.
The public is invited to attend. The ceremony will feature the swearing-in of all municipally elected officials.
Mayor: Kenneth Gulley.
City Council District 1: David Vance
City Council District 2: Chester Porter
City Council District 3: Cynthia Stephenson-Donald.
City Council District 4: Donna Thigpen
City Council District 5: Ron Marshall
City Council District 6: Jesse Matthews
City Council District 7: Cleo King
Bessemer Board of Education
School Board District 1: Claire B. Mitchell
School Board District 2: Vera Eades
School Board District 3: Renee Soles-Scott
School Board District 4: Sam Morris
School Board District 5: Darlene Perkins
School Board District 6: Joseph B. Edwards
School Board District 7: Carolyn Hudson Wilson
City of Bessemer Runoff Election
Bessemer City Council District 1: David Vance
Bessemer City Council District 3: Cynthia Stephenson Donald
School Board Runoff Election
District 1: Claire Mitchell
District 6: Joseph B. Edwards
District 7: Carolyn Hudson Wilson
* These are the unofficial results of the vote tabulation.
The city of Bessemer is partnering with local agencies to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
The city of Bessemer, the Bessemer Chamber of Commerce and the Bessemer Business and Professional Women’s Organization are partnering to bring awareness through the Paint the Town PINK and PURPLE campaign.
Organizations around the city are being asked to partner by helping to paint the city of Bessemer with Purple and Pink ribbons for the month.
The first annual PINK and Purple will be held on Oct. 4 in downtown Bessemer. A $10 donation is encouraged. Proceeds will benefit Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence programs. There will be a brief program in DeBardeleben Park following the parade. The deadline for the parade entries is Tuesday, Oct. 7 and entry forms can be faxed to (205) 425-4979. For more information, contact Andie Sloan, chairperson at (205) 966-3570, Tamala Jones at (205) 914-3124 or LaTasha Cook at (205) 425-3253.
The Bessemer Fire Department is also going pink for October. The department will wear pink t-shirts to raise money for the fight against Breast Cancer. Shirts can be purchased at 1111 Second Avenue North at the Fire Administration building, or by calling (205) 428-5151, ext. 109. Shirts are $15 each and go from youth small to 3XLG.