The North Tonawanda Common Council, while generally favoring expansion of facilities for the Lady Jacks Softball program, which involves some 500 players, wants more information on the cost.
The Lady Jacks summer recreation program has obtained an $18,000 state grant to rebuild a Humphrey Field softball diamond with dugouts and a bathroom and storage building. The Council discussed the project during its meeting Tuesday night.
The rebuilt field with dugouts and bathroom/storage building will be located between Humphrey and Taber streets, next to the school district's administration building.
The Lady Jacks Booster Club has requested the donation of city and Niagara County labor and construction equipment (backhoes and bulldozers) for construction.
The state grant, obtained through the help of state Sen. George D. Maziarz and Assemblyman David E. Seaman, will be used to purchase materials.
City equipment would be used to excavate for dugout footings and the laying of water and sanitary sewer lines.
Thomas Murphy, North Tonawanda High School girls' softball coach, will meet with City Engineer Dale Marshall and Public Works Superintendent Gary Franklin to discuss design and construction costs.
Leonard J. Wudyka, alderman of the Second Ward, where the field is located, wants Council approval delayed until he receives responses from questionnaires sent to 75 nearby constituents asking their opinion.
Said Mayor Ronald R. Dawson, "(I'm) 1,000 percent behind the Lady Jacks project, but want to know how city participation would affect or delay a backlog of other city projects."
The Council Tuesday night also heard a presentation by Philip Utilities Management Corp. of Hamilton, Ont., one of three companies interested in a possible joint city-private partnership for operation of the city's water and wastewater treatment facilities, to reduce costs and possibly generate revenue for the city.
Among revenue-generating possibilities is North Tonawanda's Water Deparment supplying drinking water to the neighboring City of Tonawanda by running water lines from the North Tonawanda pumping station beneath the Erie Canal.