Berlin to hold public hearing for reconstruction of baseball field

Berlin to hold public hearing for reconstruction of baseball field

Record-Journal


BERLIN — Zipadelli Field at Sage Park may soon be getting a facelift after the Town Council agreed to hold a public hearing at the end of the month for a $98,000 reconstruction project.

“The kids could get hurt so it’s time to do this,” said interim Town Manager Jack Healy, who also serves as public works director.

The infield has not been redone for close to 20 years, Healy said, adding there are some overall safety concerns, including uneven surfaces and drainage issues. Both would be addressed by the proposal. The field is used by the high school baseball team.

The entire infield will be renovated, including behind home plate and the dugout areas. Areas of the outfield will also be reconstructed.

A total of $70,000 was budgeted for the work. Finance Director Kevin Delaney said bids came in higher than anticipated. Money left over from other projects will be used to cover the difference, including the recently approved school security project.

“There will not be additional new borrowing to do,” Delaney said. “We’ll be re-purposing borrowings that we haven’t actually spent since 2011.”

The work will be done by Sports Turf Specialties, Inc.

“We don’t want to have a sub par field for our baseball players,” said Mayor Mark Kaczynski.

The council expects to vote on the appropriation on the same day as the hearing on July 25, at 7 p.m.

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