City discusses sports complexes

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Two Madisonville children’s sports groups provided the City Council on Feb. 8 with wish lists for field maintenance.

Matt Newton, president of Madison County Soccer Club, said the club has a list of short- and long-term goals for the fields.

Some of the items listed include replacing the goals; soil testing and adding lyme to the field; crowing the fields with additional soil; fencing on the east and west entrances; and the installation of a sprinkler system, among others.

Newton said the total of the requests come to about $9,628 for short-term items, but work would not start until after the current season ends in March.

The council approved the scope of work unanimously.

Separately, Little League President Jason Neal expressed gratitude for the city providing baseball facilities, and sought some “routine” maintenance before the season starts.

Neal said there are about 20 lights out on the field, and 36 lights throughout the park that need to be replaced.

He also said that neither of the two scoreboards are working; league members will attempt to repair them, but it may be out of their expertise and will require city help.

He also said that the old concession stand, which is now used for storage, needs to be returned to use for concessions, and that the restrooms need some attention as well.

No action was taken on the Little League’s request.

In other business, the city:

•discussed necessary repairs for the Senior Citizens building; and

•approved the Fiscal Year 2014-15 audit, which the city passed with no exceptions;

•approved the sale of a portion of land to Yolanda Franklin for $500; and

•approved a bid of $204,086 from Marek Brothers of College Station for relocation of the water main on South Street and Highway 75.

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