By LeAnn R. Ralph
ELK MOUND —The Elk Mound High School baseball team is planning to renovate the infield at the Elk Mound village park’s ball field No. 2.
Terry Stamm, former director of public works who is now the assistant to the director of public works, reported on the high school baseball team’s plans at the Elk Mound Village Board’s June 4 meeting.
The high school baseball team would like to dig out the infield, haul in black dirt, bring in some sod and install an irrigation system, Stamm told the village board.
So far, the baseball team has raised $5,000 for the project, he said.
The baseball team will pay for the entire project, and after it is completed, it will be up to the village to maintain the infield, Stamm said.
Andy Peterson, village president, said he did not see a problem with the high school baseball team’s plans but that representatives for the team should meet with the village board’s property and finance committee to review the details.
Village trustees Pat McDougall and Travis Wenzel agreed to be the village board’s liaisons for the project.
According to an e-mail from Paul Andrea, Elk Mound High School baseball coach, the renovation of the infield will allow the Elk Mound team to play more home games.
“We were able to play only four of our 18 games on the current field due to poor drainage and the condition (of the field) making us have to play games on the road where fields were in better shape,” Coach Andrea wrote.
“With the success we’ve had in recent years, we feel our athletes need a level playing field and (should) not be forced to play on the road all the time, giving the other school an advantage,” he said.
“We have currently raised $5,000 through our own fund-raising efforts and private donations and grants. We also are looking at individuals volunteering labor for this project to keep costs down. We will be continuing to secure funds this summer to make this a reality,” Coach Andrea said.
Work on the infield is expected to be completed in late summer or early fall.
In other business, the Elk Mound Village Board:
• Learned that Dr. Jennifer Parsley, who was formerly a physician at the Marshfield Clinic in Elk Mound, has started a clinic in Eau Claire that is fee-based and does not take insurance.
• Learned from Mark Levra, director of public works, that he plans to schedule crack-filling for village streets. A total of $3,000 has been budgeted for crack filling, Levra noted.
• Learned that village personnel will be repairing the stormwater ditch for the Nelson Mobile Home Court. The work will include redefining the ditch and building up the shoulder.
• Approved revisions to the following ordinances so that they meet state requirements: zoning definitions; nonconforming lots; land division requirements; building code; reroofing.
• Approved allowing the library and community center committee to pay back the money owed to the village by the end of the year.