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Commissioners consider removing ball field at fairgrounds

Submitted by on July 19, 2019 – 12:56 amNo Comment

It was approximately 10-12 years ago when Alpena commissioners decided to remove one of the baseball fields at the fairgrounds, and now they are considering doing away with the second one.

Maintenance supervisor Wes Wilder informed the finance committee this week, that there is a hole about the size of a basketball in the roof of the concession stand at the field.

He also said that no one has used the field for the past two summers even though he and his staff mow it and trim around the fence. He said the county pays a ready to serve charge on water going to that building even though no water is used.

“It’s an expense to the county and we don’t use it,” said Commissioner Bill Peterson, who voted to resume the conversation when the full board meets July 30. Peterson is not opposed to razing the concession stand, removing the dugouts and taking down the fence if the public doesn’t use the field.

It appears at least some other commissioners feel the same way.

If the full board votes to keep the ball field, Wilder believes it will cost $1,000 to $1,500 to repair the concession stand roof.