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Archive for Sunday, March 24, 1996

BALLFIELD PROJECT IN PLANNING STAGE

March 24, 1996

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— A combined effort by the city, the Oskaloosa Ball Assn., the recreation commission and other organizations may result in improvements to the city park and ballfields.

Jim Marietta, a member of the ballfield committee, told Oskaloosa City Council members Thursday night that new restrooms will be the first priority of the project. More than $7,000 has been committed for the project by the city council, the recreation commission and the Lions Club.

Four Star Concrete will provide footings, flooring, a sidewalk, walls and three steel doors for the cost of materials, approximately $3,700.

Labor for the project will be donated, Marietta said.

Marietta is to submit a written report on the cost of the project to the council.

In other business, Dick Simpson from Winter Water Consultants discussed cleaning the city's water lines.

Simpson told council members his company would assess the city's water system, locate and check all valves and clean the lines for $150 an hour.

He said a preliminary check of city fire hydrants revealed several with substandard volume. One, he said, was pumping only 80 gallons of water a minute.

"You might as well not have a fire hydrant there," he said. "It's of no use in fighting a fire at that rate."

Council members tabled the matter until their next meeting to allow time to gather financial and budget information.

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