The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Local Schools

July 27, 2013

Northeast eyes baseball project

GOOSE LAKE — The Northeast School District is looking into designs for a baseball field project.

School Board members gathered around large designs Tuesday night, discussing how the plans will address drainage issues and when the project will begin.

This project is part of a larger $7 million facilities project that was voted on in a bond referendum in April. This includes a new science wing, gymnasium and athletic facilities.

The school board considered how this design could affect the city’s drainage issues.

“We won’t help the city’s problems with their drainage, but we won’t make it any worse,” Superintendent Jim Cox said he told the city. “We may make it better, but it won’t make it worse.”

Tiles will be placed below the field to help drain excess water. Cox showed on the designs where some of the dirt will be moved to mitigate some of the problems.

The city also will grant the district an easement along Jackson Boulevard. Fencing for the diamonds will extend to the border of the easement, with a gate on Jackson Boulevard.

“I think it’s important to have this park fenced in as much as we can because of vandalism,” Cox said. “We’re going to spend a quarter of a million dollars or more on a baseball field and have someone (damage it).”

Members of the board wondered when construction would progress. Cox hopes to have specifications ready by Aug. 9. He expects several special board meetings for the month to get bids and construction started on schedule.

“I need to make sure that come May, this is playable,” Cox said.

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