Pasco County approves funding for new athletic fields at Wiregrass Ranch Sports Campus

The Pasco County Commission has approved funding to help fund the second phase of the Wiregrass Ranch athletic campus in Wesley Chapel. The money will be repaid with proceeds from the tourism development tax, unless the county council finds another way to pay for the funding. The second phase of athletic campus improvements is expected to be completed in fall 2024. (File)

The Pasco County Commission approved $12 million in funding to help cover the costs of five multi-use athletic fields.

The Board of Directors has selected JP Morgan Chase Bank NA to service the Tourism Development Tax Bonds, Series 2023, for a contractual term of 15 years, unless repaid earlier in accordance with the solicitation materials.

The board also authorized the payment of fees and costs associated with the bond transaction, which will be paid from the proceeds of the bond.

The bond issue will be repaid using proceeds from the tourism development tax, according to the agreement.

However, in its previous discussion of the issue, the county board said it would continue to consider other sources of reimbursement.

The additional money is necessary because the bid for the construction of the fields came in higher than originally budgeted.

The board of trustees approved a contract in September with Trias for an amount not to exceed $15,211,150 for phase two of improvements to the athletic campus, at Wesley Chapel.

These improvements include:

  • Five multi-purpose, floodlit sports fields (plus lighting for two existing fields)
  • Car park
  • A concession stand with restrooms
  • A multi-use trail
  • A parking area for the pavilions, concession stand and trail
  • A road loop to take teams to the multi-purpose fields
  • Rainwater basins
  • Additional landscaping

The project is expected to be completed by fall 2024.

In their previous discussion about seeking funding, board members said it was a necessary step because the project was long overdue.

In other action at the Oct. 24 meeting, the board:

  • Approved the award of a professional services agreement to Ally Facility Solutions Inc., d/b/a City Wide Facility Solutions (City Wide), for comprehensive county-wide janitorial and custodial services, an annual amount not to exceed (NTE) of $2.1. million for fiscal year 2024; an NTE amount of $2.2 million for fiscal year 2025; and an NTE amount of $2.35 million for fiscal year 2026, resulting in a cumulative NTE amount of $6.65 million over the life of the three-year contract, retroactive to October 1, 2023. board also delegated authority to the county administrator to approve and execute. two optional annual renewals of $2.45 million NTE for FY 2027 and $2.55 million NTE for FY 2028, bringing the total NTE amount for a five-year contract to $11.65 million dollars.
  • Confirmed the appointments of Leona Shuler and Cheryl Pollock to the Pasco County Commission on the Status of Women. Shuler represents the African American Club of Pasco and Pollock represents Premier Community HealthCare Inc.
  • Kevin Gallagher honored who retired after 30 years with Pasco County Public Transportation, now known as GoPasco.
  • Approval of a change order for a professional services agreement with AECOM Technical Services Inc., to extend the deadline for the completion of asphalt paving and striping of Ridge Road from DeCubellis Road by 150 calendar days /from Moon Lake Road east of Suncoast Parkway. The new completion date is February 7, 2024.
  • Approved the purchase and installation of 76,000 square feet of Taraflex flooring, including storage racks when not in use, at the Wiregrass Athletic Campus in Wesley Chapel. The cost is $258,500, which will be paid with revenue from the tourism development tax fund. The use of the flooring should reduce the shock that players absorb while playing and also reduce the risk of short and long term injuries to players.

Revised November 8, 2023


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