Hoping to take advantage of some free dirt needed to create four multipurpose baseball and softball fields at the Sportsplex, Athens City Council members agreed to spend up to $19,000 to have the space engineered.
Two council members — Joseph Cannon and Wayne Harper — initially voiced reservations about the spending during the premeeting work session, which seemed to baffle the mayor. But council members backed it unanimously once they knew the building of the fields would not be immediate.
Public Works Director James Rich asked the council during the work session to approve a work order for Morrell Engineering for grading and drainage design, topographical survey and construction layout for a proposed four-pod baseball/softball field as called for in the Sportsplex master plan.
Rich told council members the engineering would allow the city to take advantage of some free dirt, which would be placed for the four-pod field.
“As time allows, we (city workers) can do the drainage and rough grade and (further on) site work and irrigation,” Rich said. “But, we’ve got to do the drainage and grading first. There is no real timeline or a completion date (for the fields). This is free dirt and we are trying to take advantage of it.”