Nichole Hannahs

Softball Play Could be Canceled

by Nichole Hannahs on December 10, 2012 at 8:39 am

League softball play at Riverside Park could be on the line.

Public Service Director Mike Sims said the cost for preparing the fields can run between $30-40,000. He told City Council that they decided to turn the running of league play and other administrative duties over to a management company in order to relieve pressure on the parks general fund.

While people did pick up bid packets, no bids were submitted.

"It tells me that there’s really no interest in anyone really wanting to take the full responsibility for the league play," said Sims. "It seems like it would be more directed toward simply tournaments."

Now the city is looking at restructuring what they charge for lighting, field use and maintenance to make up the costs.

"We’re short manpower in the cemeteries and parks with little or no expectation. It just makes it harder for us to maintain and keep up with the budget, which it is a general fund budget so it’s pretty tight," explained Sims.

Sims said that league play could be canceled, but that depends on the feelings of tournament directors and if they have an interest in running the league or just tournaments.

In other council news an amended working budget was passed in order to keep it as current as possible.