Bridgeport City Council held a special meeting Tuesday evening discussing matters to advance planning and construction of the ‘Bridgeport Municipal Recreational Complex.’
Council was able to sit down with architects from OMNI Associates, as well as some subcontractors in an executive session discussing plans for the complex. Construction of the facility is estimated to cost more than 37-million dollars. The city says they have the basic components of the complex laid out and now they are working on the different parts of the planning.
“The city has continued to work off the input of the citizens on what to be built. Then of course we have hired a few consultants, SFA and a few other groups have come in and helped give us ideas of what direction it should go. We’ve used, a lot of experts involved in the whole process,” said Andy Lang, Mayor for the City of Bridgeport.
By using a one percent sales tax increase the city will be able to fully fund the construction and development of the recreational complex. Council also says they hope to get all the details worked out and have a solid plan so development can start in the fall.
“Bridgeport was really on the leading edge for the fact that they had their finances in very good shape that way they were able to direct that tax solely to this. They did not need it for other purposes for the general fund for the city,” said Lang.
Mayor Lang said that the use of the one percent tax increase will not only benefit the citizens of Bridgeport but also the residents of the county as well as the whole area of North Central West Virginia.