Parents take Little League concerns to city council - WNEM TV 5

Parents take Little League concerns to city council

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

Parents and coaches took their Little League concerns before city council.

“It’s extremely disappointing,” said Donald Eager, coach.

Eager is a father and a Little League coach. He said it wasn’t quite a home run for Northeast Little League during a special Bay City Council meeting Monday night.

The T-ball group has used the field off of Trumbull Road for years to practice, but were surprised to find the open area of the fence was filled in last week.

“They locked the gate then they showed up and decided to fence over the gate and then they showed up today and decided to fence over more of the fence. And the mayor had brought up earlier today about a lack of communication on our end. Where was the call? ‘Hey Northeast Little League, we’ve got an issue going on,’” Eager said.

Waste Management used to own the property and they let Northeast Little League use it for free. The company has since sold the land to the city, which opened up a transfer station nearby.

For that reason, the city said the field is no longer safe for children because if anything happened to them the city would be liable.

“The biggest one was the liability concern with having Little League happen on city property. And even if it’s subleased there's still technically, city property that we’re insuring. So, we have to make sure everybody’s insured and covered and everything is safe,” said Jesse Dockett, Bay City council member.

They are getting closer to a solution.

Dockett said they need to do an environmental study on the land to make sure it isn’t hazardous, vote on it and then they would possibly be willing to lease the spot to the Little League group.

That could take a minimum of three months.

Eager said he just wants it done.

“It will work for us if we can get it done and get the ball rolling. We just wanna be able to use the land, to keep using it and let us have it,” Eager said.

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