The condition of Mayer’s baseball fields continue to cause headaches for members of the Baseball Club, City Council, and all the teams who are tired of baseballs ricocheting off of parched, clay soil.
During the Sept. 24 council meeting, the Mayer Baseball Club requested the city accept a bid from Gardeneer, Inc. for extensive aeration and the addition of a softer sand/peat mix to the soil. The total cost for the project is estimated at $12,460.
Mayor Chris Capaul wasn’t happy that once again the baseball fields require a major expense to get them playable.
“Two years ago we spent eight grand and ended up accomplishing nothing,” he said. “Is this going to happen every few years?”
The city’s ability to hold the contractor accountable was compromised after an exiting staff member allegedly shut down water on the fields this past summer.
“We couldn’t go back to the person who installed the sod because we had to take responsibility for the fact that the water was turned off,” Council Member Tice Stieve-McPadden said.
Although Stieve-McPadden shared in the Capaul’s frustration, she believes that the planned work by Gardeneer, and a better maintenance plan moving forward, will get the fields where they need to be.
Council member Daniel Lueth expressed support for the expenditure given that the Baseball Club has donated 100 percent of the money sitting in the Old Schoolhouse Fund that will be used to pay the bill. The rest of the council agreed and approved spending up to $12,460 with the understanding that Public Works will do as much of the work as possible to keep expenses down.
Mayer funds wetland project through sale of credits
The council accepted a $189,882 bid from Schneider Excavating for wetland restoration at Ash Ave. and First Street, a project designed to improve the city’s storm sewer system. The total project cost is expected to reach $242,000.
The city plans to help fund the project by selling five acres of wetland credits to Carver County for $143,000. This amount added to the $50,000 Carver County already committed to the project brings their contribution to $193,000. This still leaves four acres of wetland credits that Mayer can sell at a later date to cover the balance of the project.
In other business, the Council:
• Said no to changing City Ordinance to allow the keeping of chickens within city limits during a work session that followed the regular meeting. City Administrator Luayn Murphy let it be known she was not in support of the measure that would add work to the already full plates of City Staff. Council Member Lueth said that the number of people who have stopped him to express their opposition to the idea is greater than on any other subject since he’s been on the council.
• Approved the hire of Jarred Loehrs as Public Works Employee for Mayer.
-By Emily Hedges