Stadium cleanup down to just minor details

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Colleton County Administrator Kevin Griffin says a few details are all that are left before the grounds of the dismantled Bulldog Stadium are ready for the future.

Gone from the long-time home of high school football at 521 Black St. are the concrete home stands, the metal visitors stands and score board. The buildings that served as the ticket booth, concession stands and other purposes have all been carted away.

The major thing left to do is the installation of 1,750 foot of six-foot tall black vinyl-coated wire fencing around the property. The fencing will include four walk-through gates and three drive-through gates.

The county will open the bids on the fencing installation on Sept. 29. The winning company will have 30 days after receiving the notice to proceed to complete the installation.

Griffin said that security lighting and additional clean up of the grounds also remain on the to-do list before the property is turned back over to the Colleton County School District.

County government had to assume temporary control of the old stadium facility to obtain a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to fund the demolition of the concrete stands and other buildings.

Four Seasons Demolition submitted a bid of $98,200 to demolish the structures.

The county government teamed with the school district and city of Walterboro to put together the plan to seek the federal funds.

The funds became available a few days before the application expired and the three political entities moved quickly to seek the funding.

The partnership was required because the property was owned by the school district, located within the city limits, and county government was eligible for the grant.

The grant application contained a provision that the area will be used as green space for at least five years.

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