Streetsboro ballfields to be repaired

By Mike Lesko | Gateway News Published:

The city will have backstops and fencing on all ballfields at City Park in Streetsboro repaired before the end of May.

City Council recently approved the selection of R&T Fence Co. in Streetsboro to handle the chores. Council approved spending up to $25,000.

R&T can start one week after receiving the contract and can complete the job in two weeks, city officials said.

Councilman Steve Michniak said the backstops and fencing need upgrading because of "a safety issue."

Council members previously discussed how baseballs or softballs could fly through holes in the protective fencing and potentially injure spectators.

"I'd like to see City Park brought back up to the standards that we promised people," Michniak said. "There's a lot of work that needs to be done."

Counciman Tim Claypoole agreed, saying, "The fields need work. They look rough."

After receiving three bids back on the project, Michniak suggested selecting R&T Fence Co. He said the firm was comparable in price or would cost less than other companies that bid on the project.

Council President Julie Field said she would prefer to work with a company that's located in Streetsboro.

Councilman John Ruediger agreed, saying, "It seems like a no-brainer" to pick R&T.

There is $102,000 in the city's 2014 budget that is available to be used at the parks, according to Finance Director Jenny Esarey, so the city would still have at least $77,000 leftover after the current ballfield upgrades are done. Council has not specifically determined yet how the rest of that money will be spent.

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