City investing in ballpark upgrades

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By The Staff

The city of Las Vegas has begun investing in improvements to its Rodriguez Park complex to spruce it up for the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs.

The City Council earlier this month signed off on two measures. The first one was awarding a bid to Rio Rancho-based Carreon Construction for decorative fencing and a gate for the front of the park. The bid was for $63,300. City councilors voted unanimously to approve that measure during a special meeting on March 1.

The council also approved the purchase of two 12-foot by 36-foot modular portable restroom buildings, essentially a trailer with several stalls. Each of the portable restroom buildings costs nearly $56,000.

City project manager Chris Cavazos said the models he recommended buying are durable but not as aesthetically pleasing as the ones the city rented last year for the Fourth of July

The city is purchasing the portable restroom building through a federal General Services Administration contract.

In response to concerns that the portable restroom buildings were pricey, Dodge noted that the city spent about $20,000 last year to rent two units.

Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and others pointed out that while the portable restrooms will be used at Rodriguez Park for Pecos League games, they can also be used for other events, including the Fourth of July Fiestas.

City Councilor David Romero was the only councilor to vote against the purchase of the restrooms. He raised concerns about their not being compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

City Public Works Director Carlos Ortiz noted that the city already has a portable toilet that is ADA compliant and that would be set up alongside the new portables. He said the city is in the process of purchasing a second one.

Ortiz told the Council that the cost of purchasing ADA compliant portable restrooms is $130,000 for each portable building.

The Pecos League has chosen Las Vegas as a site for one of three expansion teams in the 2013 season. The league anticipates playing 37 games in Las Vegas this coming summer.