Cridersville to upgrade Tower Park

CRIDERSVILLE — Cridersville Village Council members discussed the possibility of renovating the ball diamonds at Tower Park and decided this is a project they want to complete this year — the sooner the better.

Tower Park is the home to three softball diamonds, which need some major updating and fixing.

“We need to make an effort to improve the diamonds,” Cridersville Mayor Lorali Myers said. “This is an opportunity for children to utilize the diamonds and to have adult softball teams visit our town.”

Cridersville Council President Eric West looked at estimates that were completed a couple of years ago, and the renovation of the diamonds were estimated at $6,559, by a New Knoxville-based company.

The quote included fixing the diamonds, installing new sod and tilling of the ball diamonds. In addition, the quote also included fixing the diamonds so they will have proper water drainage.

West said when it rains that crews have to use a broom or pump out the water by hand.

“We have to drain it by hand, or else the water would be there all summer,” West said of the current shape of the diamonds.

Councilor Rick Walls also noted one diamond at Tower Park has gotten beat up over the years.

Councilors agreed the estimate of $6,559 was reasonable, and they decided that they would fix all three at one time, instead of fixing one at a time throughout the years.

“If you do one at a time, I predict it would cost more in the long run,” Village Administrator John McDonald said.

The mayor said that each year the village gets an inheritance tax, which is money that was not designated to any project this year, so this was a reasonable investment for the village. Inheritance tax is additional revenue that comes into the village, and the council does not budget this money because they never know what the amount they will get each year will be.

Myers and councilor Stacey Myers Cook agreed that this investment is a good investment, because it will benefit the community, especially the children.

West noted that the next step is to find out if this bid will still be honored.

“We need to get this going and get us on their docket,” said McDonald, who will follow up and report back to council regarding the quote at February’s regular council meeting.