Weston needs 48 kids to sign up to have Weston baseball league PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by By JENISE FOUTS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 04 February 2010 09:40
WESTON - The village needs a minimum of 48 youth to sign up for baseball in order to field a Weston league this summer.
During village council's meeting Monday, recreation board Chairman James Minard announced four teams of 12 players each are needed during baseball sign-up this month for the town to have a Weston league.
Sign-ups scheduled are Feb. 13 and 27, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the town hall. An evening one is scheduled March 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Minard said if there aren't 48 players signed up by the second sign-up date, "we'll review if it's even feasible to have a Weston league this year. That's one of the biggest concerns we have right now. To have less than that, we'd be losing money." Decisions have to be made on fees, uniforms and umpires.
He added the rec board is having a hard time getting word out to local families, while some of them are going to Grand Rapids to sign up for its town league instead.
Jason Worthen of Citizens for Sports (CFS) is willing to fill the vacancy on the rec board created with the resignation of Steve DeWalt. The question was raised whether Worthen could be a member of both the rec board and CFS which contracts with the board to run the baseball program. Minard was told Worthen could not be in both groups.
"How is Citizens for Sports supposed to operate if no one is on the board of Citizens for Sports?" he asked. It was agreed, since CFS is an independent community group, it could go into "limbo" status until such time as there is enough interest to get it going again.
Questions were raised about who would run the recycling trailer the fourth Saturday of each month if CFS isn't active, and Minard said rec board members have agreed to take on additional responsibilities from the group. Mowing of the diamond may be done by village employees.
While the town's youth baseball league is up in the air, plans were made to start a sanctioned sledding hill for them. Children currently use the banks of the reservoir for sledding, but safety issues arise when sleds get close to Taylor Street or slide into the fire department driveway.
Council agreed to use dirt from the construction site of the new water tower to create a sledding hill running southwest behind the old water plant at the reservoir site. Dirt will also be taken from the top of the reservoir facing Taylor Street to reduce its height and added to the new hill.
Councilman Mark Sheffer urged residents to "respond honestly and openly" in filling out the 2010 census mailing when they receive it in coming weeks.
"The census is very important to us," he said, adding he thought the village's count was inaccurate in 2000. Sheffer stressed the village's need for an accurate count this year since it affects the town being able to get grants in the future.
Later, in assigning special duties to the various subcommittees, Sheffer announced he is excited about the current council and progress for the town. While Weston is in good fiscal shape and has had limited growth, "something is missing in the pride factor, and I'd like to see it come back. ... Other towns have looked down their noses at us. I resent that. It's been my long-term goal to change that. ... There are ways to promote Weston. This is a great town."
Also during the meeting, council:
¥ Heard a representative from the village's income tax collection agency will be at the village hall on March 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help residents with filling in their taxes.
¥ Heard a suggestion from Councilman Shad Kendall for all the members to sign a letter to the Otsego Board of Education encouraging them to reopen Weston Elementary and to hold their March meeting at Weston's fire hall. Members agreed to sign such a letter at council's Feb. 16 meeting.
"Since they closed the school, it's like they forgot about us," said Kendall.

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