Ruston Sports Complex Spending – $27 Million & Counting

As of Wednesday, February 27, 2019, about $27 million has been spent to date on the sports complex under construction on South Farmerville Street. The amount represents only what has been paid out, and does not include any money already committed for future payment, or any new spending not yet contracted.

Lincoln Parish News Online reviewed over 170 individual invoices associated with the project, along with the accompanying payment vouchers.

Here are some of the more significant expenditures.

The project’s prime contractor, Womack & Sons Construction Group, has been paid about 60% of its $35 million contract with the city.

Womack’s January invoice lists $20,792,408.19 in payments and $14,303,949.45 remaining to be paid on the total contract amount of $35,096,357.64.

See here the document.

Assuming Womack is paid in full, that indicates the project’s total cost will be at least $41.3 million.

The costs include $2.1 million in property purchases. Also, Weyerhaeuser Company was paid slightly over $1 million for wetland mitigation credits.

Yeager, Watson & Associates, the project architect, has been paid $1.18 million.

About $1.22 million has been paid to several companies for engineering, surveying, or testing:

American Testing Lab, LLC – $152,504.25
Neel-Schaffer, Inc. – $515,569.60
Pan-American Engineers, LLC – $220,856.73
Riley Company of LA, Inc. – $326,701.95

About $229 thousand has been spent on electrical equipment.

About $221 thousand has been spent on computers, software, and fiber-optic equipment.

Recently, $111 thousand was spent to purchase restaurant and food service equipment.

As the project progresses, we will periodically update this report.


9 Responses to “Ruston Sports Complex Spending – $27 Million & Counting”

  1. Tech78 Says:

    This is interesting. Was thinking since beginning that Ruston would be in debt over this for years to come.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    This is a long way from the $15 million that the mayor touted in his little brochure in his original sales pitch. Brace yourself!!! His estimates have not been close on any projects.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    How many purchase order numbers are connected to the sports complex; how do those numbers add up? And, you know there’s bound to be hidden costs on this project (so the numbers don’t look higher than they really are).

  4. Anonymous Says:

    These Magical Sports Complexes that town are building in this area seem to lead to fiscal administrators from the state.

    Causation or correlation?

  5. Ladybug Says:

    Somehow Sounds like Sterlington

  6. RavenMad Says:

    Is the Mayor somehow using Ruston for money laundering? Why are we borrowing money we don’t yet need and why are the cost overruns not being more closely monitored or scrutinized? Why are those elected/appointed not holding his feet to the fire?

    The sports complex will be a disaster as was the Monster Moto investment. Thanks for forcing Ruston to languish for years with a monthly lease payment! We appreciate it!

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