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Sunnyside city's Little League facility coming closer to reality

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Representatives from Sunnyside came prepared to Monday's transportation/recreation special service district meeting to answer any questions about a concession stand the city wants to build at the Little League field.

Special district boardmembers initially reviewed the application for the structure at the Jan. 7 meeting. However, at that time the city's written request for approximately $73,000 raised more questions than it answered and the Sunnyside representatives were asked to gather more information and return at a later date.

"We have a lot of questions," Boardmember Sam Quigley said at the Jan. 7 meeting.

The loose ends included support letters from both East Carbon and Sunnyside's councils to show that the project had full community support and concrete bids from contractors for the structure.

Monday, Sunnyside Councilman Mike Marquez and City Recorder Polly Sanderson, handed over a packet to the board that contained all the documents requested at the January meeting. Kara P. Maynes, president of Sunnyside Little League and East Carbon Mayor Orlando LaFontaine submitted letters of support which were included with a set of drawings and a two quotes from local contractors for construction of the building.

With the information in hand, district boardmembers engaged in a thorough discussion of the project with Sanderson and Marquez.

The Sunnyside councilman told the board members that the city is looking to replace the deteriorated two-story structure currently at the field with a one-story building like the one at Price's field. Marquez said that the drawings in the board packet were actually based on the Price facility.

Boardmember Bill Krompel said he was pleased that the one field would serve both communities and was fully supported by both city councils.

In the application, Sunnyside states that there are between 40 and 50 children ages 8 to 12 who play on the field.

Boardmember Neil Breinholt noted that must mean that about 100 percent of both cities' kids are participating in the activity.

Sanderson nodded in agreement saying that it is a really big deal in the area and has a lot of support.

Maynes' letter further affirmed the significance of the field and the sport to East Carbon and Sunnyside.

"Our Little League games are also a community gathering of sorts for the people in this area," Maynes said in the letter of support.

She added, "Improvements to our field would also help to encourage teams from the surrounding areas to come to our field to attend all-star and tournament games."

Despite Sanderson's and Marquez's efforts to fill in all the gaps, the board came up with a couple of more issues that needed tending. The duo was asked to provide firm masonry bids from bonded companies and for electrical and plumbing schematics.

With those requests made the boardmembers expressed support for funding the project.

"I don't know how everybody else feels but I think it's a good project," said Krompel.

He wasn't alone in his opinion.

Quigley suggested dedicating $80,000 to the building as long as the board was satisfied it would be a properly constructed structure built to last and that it would be fully functional by this summer.

The final decision on the Little League concession stand was continued until the next service district meeting for two reasons - one the actual item was erroneously left off of Monday's agenda and two the board wants to review the additional information they had requested.

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