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Ball diamonds to get lighting upgrade

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Lighting improvements to ball diamonds No. 1 and No. 2 should be underway by Aug. 1. The project’s total cost is set at $76,536.63. The 2011-12 budget allocates $100,000 for this project.

Public Works Director Larry Coloni said the new lights will be much brighter and better aligned to focus on the field. Diamonds No. 1, 2 and 3 are used by Forsyth Youth League, with diamonds No. 1 and 2 also used by Maroa-Forsyth Middle School. Diamonds No. 4 and 5 are used by Maroa-Forsyth High School baseball and softball teams. Coloni said the lights have dimmed on the second diamond since the lighting system was first installed in 1991.

Trustee Larry Reed called the Board’s attention to the fact that taxpayers pay for the lights’ electricity costs, and neither the school district nor the league adequately compensates the Village for lighting the fields or for use of the park’s ball diamonds.

“It sounds like a pretty good deal to me … I just want everyone to be aware of how much we [as a Village] spend,” Reed said. Coloni said the Village sets up the diamonds and maintains them. “We’re [Forsyth] a rarity … it’s always been a loss from day one,” he said.

Trustees Steve Hubbard, Marilyn Johnson and Bob Rasho said usage of the park’s ball diamonds falls into the same category as other Village amenities offered to its residents, with Rasho citing programs offered by Forsyth Public Library and the recent Forsyth Family Fest. Hubbard, a Youth League coach, complimented the Village for its involvement with the athletic programs.

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