The Lampasas City Council voted Monday to pay a maximum of $84,000 for lights at the outdoor rodeo arena at the FM 580 West Sports Park. The decision comes as the Lampasas County Chamber of Commerce prepares to hold its Riata Roundup rodeo at the new arena April 27-28.

Former councilman Chris Harrison, a member of an arena committee that has been working on ways to develop the new venue, talked to three companies to get quotes for light installation at the arena. Kingsland-based Centerline Services submitted the lowest price -- $83,106.

Although the council awarded the installation project to Centerline Services and approved an expenditure not to exceed $84,000, the action is subject to city staff's review. City Manager Finley deGraffenried described the review as "due diligence" required on matters related to procurement, engineering and load analysis.

Along with talking about lights, Harrison also discussed the arena committee's desire to install an announcer's stand and grandstand seating for 533 people. The council does not plan for the city to fund any of that work -- estimated to cost $140,000-$150,000.

Harrison said the arena committee will raise funds for the seats and announcer's stand, and he said he is confident private donors will give enough to fund that project.

Even if the announcer's stand and spectator seats are funded from private sources, the city fire marshal and building official will review the project before the council gives official approval for the work to begin, deGraffenried said.

Harrison said it appears feasible to have the lights installed before the Riata Roundup. If the committee raises funds quickly enough, he said the seats and announcer's stand also might be installed in time for this year's rodeo.

Harrison and Molly Lesley, the chamber of commerce's executive director, said the FM 580 West Sports Park still can host this year's Riata Roundup even if the arena does not have grandstands.

Spectators have brought their own seats in the past when the rodeo was held at the park on FM 580 West, Harrison and Ms. Lesley said.