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Future for baseball park discussed at council meeting

Thursday, July 13, 2006

MAMMOTH SPRING -- The Mammoth Spring Baseball Park was the topic of a public meeting held prior to the Mammoth Spring City Council meeting July 3.

The meeting was attended by patrons of Mammoth Spring School, Mammoth Spring Little League and others concerned about the development and future of the Mammoth Spring Baseball Park. The park is located on Highway 9 west of Mammoth Spring and is owned by the city.

Two priorities concerning the park were decided at the meeting. The first was to seek funds to build a building that will serve as a concession stand and storage building and also house bathrooms. Mayor Jean Pace said she will apply for a matching Arkansas Rural Development grant for $30,000 for the project. Pace said the grant would have to be submitted by Aug. 25.

The second priority is lights and bleachers at the park. The mayor said she will be writing another grant to the Baseball Tomorrow Foundation that has to be submitted by Oct. 25.

The July council meeting was held immediately following the public meeting.

The council discussed the need for two new city ordinances. An ordinance prohibiting the use of jake brakes in the city limits and also an ordinance prohibiting open containers of alcoholic beverages within the city limits.

Pace said the ordinances will be written this month and presented at the August city council meeting.

In other council business, Pace told the council the city had received a $1,000 Tree City USA grant. A chain saw and tree trimmer will be purchased with the grant funds.

Three resolutions were passed at the meeting. The first two are to allow Pace to apply for the Arkansas Rural Development grant and the Baseball Tomorrow Foundation grant.

The third resolution passed allows Pace to apply for a USDA grant for $12,900 to purchase a new police car for the Mammoth Spring Police Department.

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