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Ferris baseball field improvements planned

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FERRIS - Concrete work, new bleachers and a shade canopy over the bleachers are a near-future possibility for the Ferris baseball and softball fields.

The project was discussed by the City of Ferris 4B Economic Development Commission about the $70,000 budgeted improvements to the softball/baseball fields located on Tenth Street.

During the meeting, Committee Chairman Barbara Pardue said she was excited about the opportunity to improve the complex on Tenth Street.

'I have talked with the president of the baseball/softball association and he seemed quite excited the 4B was doing something to improve the diamonds,' said Pardue.

Virginia Bodine, one of the committee members, wanted to know how inconvenient it would be to begin the improvements this season.

According to City Manager Gus Pappus, it could be done with little inconvenience to the teams and fans.

Bodine asked Pappus if he was content enough with it to approve it as a project and call for a public hearing.

Pappus responded with a resounding, 'Yes.'

The committee then moved to have it advertised and conduct a public hearing at its next 4B EDC meeting set for March 27.

Pappus encouraged Pardue to invite someone from the baseball/softball association to attend the hearing since she said she knew the president.

Another possible project under consideration from the commission was whether to proceed with the concept of repairs on the roof of the community center located at 215 E. Sixth St.

A $35,000 budget has been set aside for the roof and other structural improvements that the community center has been in need of for several months if not years.

The original quote by Longhorn Enterprises of Texas had placed the repair of the roof at $24,726 in August 2006 and Pappus informed the committee the company could still abide by the quote but recommended another drain for the roof which would cost an additional $2,000 to install at the time of the repair.

This would leave approximately $8,000 left in the budget and there were several minutes of discussion on how those monies should be used.

It was determined the remaining funds would go to repair any structural problems and not on equipment needed for the center. The committee then instructed the city staff to advertise a public hearing on the project to coincide with the hearing for repairs and improvements on the baseball/softball complex next month.

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