Improvements proposed for Mountville ball field
BY DEAN LEE EVANS, Correspondent
Mountville's VFW baseball field could see some improvements this spring.
Councilman Richard Spiegel, chairman of the borough culture and recreation committee, said the Mountville Youth Athletic Association has proposed changes to enhance the playing experience at the borough-owned park.
Spiegel said Friday that most of the improvements only required approval from council.
Council members reviewed a handout on the proposed improvements at their meeting Jan. 28, but took no action. Council plans to address the items in greater detail at their Feb. 11 meeting.
One proposal would extend a wooden fence along the parking area.
"This would fill in an existing gap (in the fence line) between the spectators and the ballplayers. It is a safety issue," said Spiegel.
He said the materials and labor for the fence would be donated.
Another improvement would divert stormwater down Spruce Street and away from the ball field, which sits well below street level.
Spiegel said any improvements here would need to meet stormwater management requirements.
The borough was asked to donate a truckload of Diamond-Tex, a mix of soil specifically used for baseball diamonds.
"We already get this for the other fields in bulk," Spiegel said.
MYAA also has a local landscaper lined up to donate materials and labor to improve the seam of grass between the infield and outfield to reduce its tripping hazard.
Spiegel told council members that the improvements were "low impact."
He asked the borough to take responsibility for the locks and keys for the restroom facilities in the concessions building at the park.
"My feeling is that since the borough is responsible for any damage at the restrooms, I would rather that we replace the locks and we issue nonduplicateable keys," he told council. "We record who has (the keys) to gain some control over it from that standpoint."
Spiegel said restroom keys have been lost over time, and there "have been some problems" at the restrooms.
"If we are liable for the damage, we should have some control over the locks," he said.
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