Little League field agreement could boost city funding

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes The City of Keizer may take on additional maintenance at Keizer Little League Park as part of a proposed agreement between the city and two youth sports groups with a serious stake in the facility. Keizer Youth Sports Association and Keizer Little League would jointly operate the park, while City Manager Chris Eppley is proposing a $35,000 budget allocation that will cover the facility’s basics: electricity and other utilities, irrigation, once-a-week mowing and necessities such as portable toilets. Eppley said his proposal wouldn’t cut into funding for existing parks. “That will play out through the budget process (for 2013-14),” Eppley said. “The council is aware of that. I hope they will be supportive of that through the budget process … but the process is public.” In addition, the proposed new funding wouldn’t be used until at least July 1, 2013, when the new budget goes into effect. About $7,000 was allocated in the current budget for the park, which will go towards paying utilities. “We’ll be maintaining the park at a basic level like we do all of the other parks and they will be responsible for the baseball program in that park,” Eppley said. The dual leadership setup emerges as a compromise after an at-times acrimonious split resulting in the newly-named Keizer Youth Sports Association taking over the contract to operate the...

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