Veterans park on Bridgeport City Council agenda

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, March 15, 2014
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Tuesday, the Bridgeport City Council will continue to discuss the development of a veterans park in the city.

The matter was tabled at the council’s last meeting, held on the night of the primary election.

Mayor Keith McComis, a candidate in the county judge race, left the meeting early. It was his idea to establish a veterans park.

At its 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday, the council will review parcels of land owned by the city that could be used for the park.


The council will also consider adopting an ordinance outlining rules for the Lawdwin Ball Fields facilities.

The regulations prohibit pets (except service animals), alcoholic beverages, drugs and the smoking of tobacco products on the grounds.

Parks and rec staff will also present for the council’s approval renewal of the facility use agreement with the Bridgeport Youth Association.

Under the agreement, which was first adopted in February 2012, the city provides the sports fields and associated maintenance for games and practices.

In turn, BYA is responsible for providing the Parks and Rec Department with a schedule 14 days in advance, conducting background checks on coaches and officials, keeping the facility clean after each league activity and leaving Wednesdays open for any team to practice.

The renewal is for one year.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the council will also:

  • hear a report on the city’s audit, conducted by Rutledge Crain and Co., for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2013.
  • conduct the annual review and affirmation of the city’s investment policy adopted April 2.
  • consider amending the budget to designate $1,550.95 from the Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (LEOSE) for police officer training.
  • consider granting a special exception on the sidewalk requirement for property in the 2000 block of Stevens Street in the Stagecoach Addition. According to the city’s engineering design manual, sidewalks must be constructed with the paving of street or when building construction occurs in residential areas. However, there is no other home with sidewalks in the housing division where the property in question is located.
  • consider temporarily closing different streets for the intermediate school’s fun run Friday, May 2, and the Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce’s Butterfield Stage Days Festival Saturday, May 10.

The meeting is open to the public.

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