New lighting desperately needed at Babe Ruth field

Posted on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 10:56 am

Decherd Board hoping to get grant to help make improvements 

STAFF WRITER

deidre ortiz

 

The Decherd Board of Mayor and Aldermen has decided to seek a Parks and Recreation Grant through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for $160,000 to install lights at the Decherd Babe Ruth field.

During its board meeting earlier this month, a public hearing was held to receive suggestions from the public about the improvements needed at the ballpark.

Mayor Robin Smith stated if awarded the grant, the city would be required to provide half the amount or $80,000.

He added that local state representatives are being contacted to see if they will help in supporting this resolution.

“I’ve already contacted Sen. Janice Bowling concerning this grant, and she fully supports this request for funding,” Mayor Smith said.

Alderman Jimmy Wayne Sanders, who has been involved with Babe Ruth in Decherd in the past, stated that the ball field has been in need of new lights for the last several years.

Angie Fuller, county commissioner and president of Franklin County Babe Ruth, stated that her hope is to eventually host a state Babe Ruth tournament at Decherd’s ballpark but it wouldn’t be likely unless improvements are made.

On behalf of all the youths and families who use the fields, Sanders made a motion to pass the resolution to apply for the $160,000 Parks and Recreation Grant from TDEC, and Vice-Mayor Don Cofer seconded it.

In a roll call vote, Sanders and Cofer again voted “yes,” while Aldermen Karl Smith and Roy Partin voted against the motion.

Mayor Smith then made the tiebreaking vote, voting “yes” to pass the resolution.

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