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DuBois council, school district team up to give field makeover
Friday, November 23, 2012
By Josh Woods Staff Writer
DUBOIS - The historic Showers Field baseball complex is scheduled for a makeover. DuBois City Council completed an agreement Wednesday at its work session to partner with DuBois Area School District to end its current lease and remodel the field with the assistance of a $200,000 state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant.
"We decided to partner with the school district," said Manager John "Herm" Suplizio. "We would take the lease back, and the school district would no longer have a lease.
"The city would take control back of the property and with some financial help from the school district we would be redoing Showers Field. It will become one of the top facilities in the entire area."
Under the new agreement, the school district would maintain the Showers Field complex each year from March 1 to June 1 and clean up after games, Suplizio said. After June 1 each year, the city would be responsible for maintaining the field with the exception of its new artificial turf, he said. The school district would maintain the field's artificial surface, he said.
Bathrooms at the Showers Field complex would be designed for daily public use, Suplizio said. The bathrooms would be used by fans and those traveling the Beaver Meadow Walkway and would be maintained by the city, he said.
"Both of us working together and getting a grant in the middle made this a really good venture, which I think needs to happen more and more in the future," said Suplizio. "For us to get this done, it wasn't easy, but I have to compliment Bev Kurts and Thomas Repine. Hats off to them that they stuck with it and worked with us to get this done."
Councilman Randy Schmidt said in addition to the DuBois Area High School team, the DuBois American Legion team and DuBois Rockets Federation League team use Showers Field. Schmidt said he would like to see someone re-establish the Labor Day tournament that Showers Field used to host. The tournament brought teams in from Ohio and New York, he said. The field would be gated and could host other events, he said.
"With this quality of a field we're going to bring people into DuBois who will spend their money, hopefully, at our businesses," said Schmidt.
Mayor Gary Gilbert said council would consider council bill No. 1877 (2013 per capita), 1878 (2013 residence tax), 1879 (tax levy) and 1880 (2013 budget) at the next meeting. Suplizio reiterated the draft budget would not include a tax increase for the City of DuBois. Suplizio thanked the supervisors of each city department for providing information for the budget and Finance Officer Daleen Wagner for helping prepare it.
A resolution concerning note issuance for the purpose of financing DuBois Hospital Authority's new medical arts building project at DuBois Regional Medical Center was discussed. Council approved the resolution for the issuance of the authority's note not to exceed $10,000. Joseph Lazore was reappointed to the hospital authority for a term ending May 23, 2017.
Councilwoman Diane Bernardo asked council to consider moving its Dec. 10 meeting due to a public hearing on deep disposal injection wells in Brady Township and sign and adopt a letter supporting Brady Township. Both issues will be considered at Tuesday's council meeting. A house bill that council supported that would have placed a two-year moratorium on injection wells failed to get out of committee, she said.
In other business, council approved Wheels of Yesteryear's request to host a car show on the grass at City Park Aug. 3.
DuBois City Council's next meeting is Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the city building.
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