The City of Buffalo held the final public workshop on the proposed sports complex last Thursday at Buffalo High School.
About 25 people attended the meeting to raise concerns and get more information on the facility, including most of the city council, the county commissioners, and members of the Johnson County School Board and the Johnson County Recreation District Board.
According to Buffalo City Planner Zach Montgomery, who organized and ran the meeting, concerns raised had to do with the soils and water at the proposed site, but the city had a soils study done which addressed those issues.
The report said sod would not grow at the site, but grass seed would, and that will save a few hundred thousand dollars on the overall cost of the project, he said.
Funding will be sought from State Consensus Funds for roughly $477,000 and the remainder will come from city/county one-percent funds, totaling an estimated $1.8 million, which is down from the original estimate of $2.2 million.
Montgomery said the meeting was positive and explains where the project will go from here.
If the project is approved by the council, Request for Proposal for engineering/design will probably happen this fall, with bids for construction taken in late winter with seeding and construction slated to begin in the Spring of 2012. The fields would be playable and open in the summer of 2013.