Clarke supervisors hold off on pledge to help light park

Posted: September 11, 2013

The Winchester Star

BERRYVILLE — The Clarke County Board of Supervisors’ Finance Committee needs more information before committing $25,000 to the Parks and Recreation Department to light one of the baseball fields at Chet Hobert Park.

Lisa Cooke, parks department director, said the Clarke County Little League has pledged to raise the $56,000 that it will likely cost to mount lights on four poles around an existing field. The poles are being donated.

The $25,000 being sought from the county would be contingency funds in case the contractor hits rock when drilling base supports for the light poles.

Due to high usage, the park needs another baseball field, but it will be at least five years before a new one can be built, Cooke said. The new field would be built on the park’s west side.

The lights will lengthen the time the field south of the recreation center can be used each day, she said.

According to Cooke, Little League officials have already raised $22,159 toward the project, and have another fundraising event in October. The donated poles are valued at $24,000, she said.

The Little League is also seeking a grant from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative toward the project, she added.

The supervisors agreed to wait to talk to Public Works Director Robert Levi about managing the project before committing the money.

Attending the Finance Committee meeting in the Joint Government Center were members Michael Hobert and David Weiss.

— Contact Val Van Meter at vvanmeter@winchesterstar.com