Basehor City Council to consider new scoreboards for sports complex
Area residents played and watched sports last year at a remade Field of Dreams complex in Basehor. But on about half of its fields, they still couldn’t see what the score was.
That will change this year if the City Council agrees to budget an additional $15,000 to install new scoreboards on three fields, city staff said at a council work session Monday night.
The new scoreboards would continue a makeover started when the city purchased the complex for about $400,000 in 2010. All seven scoreboards weren’t operational when the city took it over, city superintendent Gene Myracle told council members Monday, and the city replaced three of them this year.
One of the new boards would go on the complex’s largest field, where the current scoreboard was destroyed by a lightning strike, according to a report from city staff. That board is expected to cost about $8,000, and two back-to-back boards on smaller fields would cost about $6,600 total, according to the report.
Those smaller boards could be repaired, Myracle said, but it would cost nearly as much as new ones.
“Why put that much money into two 12-, 13-year-old boards when you can buy the brand new boards for a little over $1,500 more?” Myracle said.
The city’s budget already calls for about $15,000 in other improvements to the complex during 2012.
Council member Vernon J. Fields, at his first council work session, asked if the new scoreboards could wait for another year.
Mayor David Breuer, though, said he thought operational scoreboards would make a good impression on visitors.
“That’s the first thing people see when they walk in there,” Breuer said.
Since the city purchased the complex in 2010 from its financially troubled former owners, staff have renovated restrooms, concession stands and other parts of the complex. A contractor pays the city $30,000 to operate youth sports programs there, and the city receives a portion of beverage sales. Basehor residents receive a 50 percent rebate on their children’s participation fees for sports programs at the Field of Dreams.
The council likely will vote on funding for the scoreboards on April 16.
Also at Monday’s work session, the council discussed:
• A request for qualifications from potential financial advisers for the city. Staff will recommend a financial adviser to the council at the April 16 meeting.
• Preliminary and final plats for Wolf Creek Junction, the area surrounding Wolf Creek Parkway between 155th and 150th streets just north of U.S. Highway 24-40. The area must be re-platted, interim city administrator Lloyd Martley said, because the previous plat included an incorrect layout of Wolf Creek Parkway.
Zimmer Real Estate Services, working on behalf of the property’s owner, First State Bank and Trust, in January presented to the council a new plan for developing the Wolf Creek area, possibly involving office buildings and smaller businesses. The city’s new Orscheln Farm & Home store opened in the area this week.