The Batesville City Council met Tuesday evening to approve a ten-year facility usage agreement with Batesville School District for use of the Terry Sims Diamond Sports Complex. Other schools that wish to use the fields will have to pay the school $300 per day for usage. There were questions from Alderman Fred Krug regarding keeping the facilities after games, and keeping the grass mowed.
The complex has seven dedicated baseball fields, two dedicated youth softball fields, two baseball/softball fields, three dedicated adult softball fields and three T-Ball fields with two concession stands and bathrooms. There is a clause that allows the city to cancel the contract, if the fields become abandoned or not maintained. The school and city had partnered on using the fields in years past, but potential donors who want to improve the complex wanted to see a longer lease. It will also the district’s responsibility to provide security for the complex regarding enforcing rules regarding public smoking and whether pets are allowed.
The council is also looking for someone to step forward to fill a council vacancy. Alderman Pete Musgrave resigned recently to move to Texas to be closer to family. The council is looking someone from Ward 3 in the west side of town to submit their resume to the mayor’s office. The council hopes to have a robust field of candidates to chose from at their next meeting in May.
Additionally, the council amended the employee handbook to reflect updated software that now allows employees to take time off in half-hour increments, rather than hour increments.
The sewer project is continuing, with the approval of the Consent Administrative Order, however the contractor reports material acquisition is slower than anticipated. Additionally, the street department is working on replacing the waterlines on Broad Street and patching rough spots in the historic p-art of downtown.
In related news, Mayor Rick Elumbaugh signed a proclamation recognizing April as National Safe Digging Month themed “Know What’s Below,” encouraging excavators and homeowners throughout the area to call the 811 Center to check for buried lines before beginning any digging project.