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MARBLE  FALLS — The city is assembling a committee to offer input on a potential sports complex, including looking for someone to conduct a feasibility study.

The goal is to have a mix of residents from various backgrounds on the committee – two Parks and Recreation Commission members, representatives from youth- and adult-league sports, someone from the Marble Falls Independent School District and a resident without ties to any of the organizations.

“I would like someone as a devil’s advocate,” said Robert Moss, director of the Parks and Recreation Department. “Someone who’s responsive. They’ll look at facts, they’ll look at it from a different standpoint. We’ll select six to eight people.”

In the meantime, Moss on Nov. 29 also told Parks and Rec commissioners he has received numerous phone calls and inquiries from companies that are expressing an interest in a feasibility or economic-impact study for the sports complex.

The city has posted a Request for Qualification, which is often done before the more thorough Request for Proposal. An RFQ is used to gather information on potential vendors or consultants and helps develop a short list for when the RFP is issued, which goes into more details about actual costs and services.

“That’s always a good thing,” he said. “People are looking for it right now.”

That interest is also spurring Moss and City Manager Ralph Hendricks to create a timetable and push for the creation of the committee, which will review each RFQ and interview company representatives.

That committee won’t meet until January.

“The RFQ is strictly for (a) feasibility and economic study,” the parks and recreation director said.

The committee will rate each company with a score for city staff.

“They’re not telling us how much it’s going to cost,” the director said. “We’ll negotiate the cost.”

The company that will be hired has one main objective – to explore whether building a sports complex makes sense. Company representatives will look at the current city parks and examine land that may be used for a complex.

“Do we have a need and a desire to do this?” Moss said. “They will give us some ideas. Ultimately in the end, it’s whether or not we build it and get an idea of what it will cost us. It could be it’s not feasible.”

Moss said staff wants to have a contract with a company complete by the middle of February. The study itself must be complete by Sept. 30.

The deadline to apply is Dec. 21.

Moss and the city manager are working on a list of residents to serve on the committee for the commissioners to approve. City staff will then contact each individual to ask him or her to serve.

Moss and Hendricks will present the list of committee members to the City Council Dec. 20.

jfierro@thepicayune.com