HJ/EDApril 10, 2006

Dassel council, baseball association discuss who pays for what

By Roz Kohls
Staff Writer

The City of Dassel is updating its written agreement with the Dassel Cokato Baseball Association at its next council meeting Monday, April 17, about the use and costs of the Dassel baseball field facility.

City Council Member Bob Lalone said last Monday at the council meeting that the city and the association need to iron out who does what and who pays for what.

Lalone and Public Works Director Dave Scepaniak met March 30 with about 10 representatives from the association. The association is not just the Dassel Saints baseball team, but covers a large number of youth organizations, said City Administrator Myles McGrath.

“They understand there are some costs they will have,” Lalone told the council about the discussion with the representatives about the city’s rough draft agreement.

For example, the association doesn’t mind paying for small things, such as a lawn mower blade or gasoline. The sticking point is utilities, such as water and electricity for the ball park, Lalone said.

The stadium lights during games use a lot of electricity, agreed Council Member Bob Wilde.

The association also is willing to have a written lease/agreement and to get McGrath’s approval before they spend city money on repairs or equipment, Lalone said.

In addition McGrath volunteered to attend the association’s meetings.

“Communication is imperative in any situation,” said Mayor Ava Flachmeyer

One of McGrath’s concerns is that the association sublets the ball park to some other groups. Will there be insurance coverage for the other group using the facility? McGrath questioned.

The association charges groups to sublet the park. “It’s barely enough to cover the cost of umpires,” McGrath said.

The association sublets to other groups infrequently, possibly only once or twice a year, he said.

Wilde pointed out that the association currently doesn’t share its profits from concessions or admission tickets with the city.

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