School board hears new alternative for water-logged Sportsman’s Park

Charles City, Iowa – The Charles City School board is looking into another option for the district’s new baseball and softball diamond.

Amidst questions from the athletic complex committee led by Dana Sullivan, the group presented the board with a second option.

The potential $1.7 million dollar, 5-12 complex includes a softball and baseball diamond and would sit on the high school/middle school campus.

She says due to the lack of a timetable, feasibility and cost, this is a better alternative than the Shadow Avenue $1.5 million dollar project.

 

The new proposal includes two fields, fencing, dugouts, fencing concrete and sidewalks, unlike the other which had none of those.

The softball diamond would sit between the high school parking lot and the north end of the football field.  The baseball diamond would sit to the southeast of the middle school and high school on Comet Drive.

Sullivan urged the board to provide more direction and make a decision on which proposal best suits the school district because the committee is running out of time for grants.

 

She says some grants require the project to be fully funded and this is not.  She would have to return $30,000 in grants and matching funds if ground isn’t broken in 2019.

The board would have to supply $1 million dollars to allow for the possibility of more grants, which has a deadline at the end of this month.

Board President Robin Macomber said they will break ground on a project this year, but more information is needed.