The City Council gave the go ahead for the beginning stages of the project tonight during their meeting. The D'Iberville is hoping to score big in community development with a new sports complex they plan to build off of Highway 15. City leaders say the complex will be a sure contender against other sports complexes in the area, to host sporting events and tournaments, and give their youth a place to play ball. Bobby Ellis, a councilman for D’Iberville, says, "We have a lot to offer as far as our youth recreation programs, but we need a venue to support them, and it would be nice to have something we can all be proud of, that we can compete with some of the other bigger venues and bring some bigger events to the Coast."
To do that, Ellis and the council awarded a $591,000 contract tonight to Saunders Construction, who will be getting to work soon. Bobby Eleuterius, the City Manager of D’Iberville, says, "We were gonna’ haul dirt out, but we decided to simply spread it out, cut these hills down, and spread it out.” The City Council also voted to bring in a third party to inspect the work and make sure the ground is level and compact. Eleuterius also says, "Instead of letting the contractor or even our own engineer department to be the judge on that, we want a third party that’s not on either side of the issue, to make sure we do it right." The selected site in D’Iberville will be completely flattened to make room for the sports complex, especially the soccer fields which will cater to the needs of the fastest growing sport in the area. Eleuterius closes, "I was in little league baseball for 30 years, but now I’m finding out that soccer has more kids playing it than football, basketball, and baseball all together.”
If all goes as planned, the sports complex will be up and running by this fall, just in time for the new school year. Officials are also building a road from to the sports complex to D'Iberville High School to make it easier for student athletes to get to practices.