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Council approves change order expanding youth football facilities at park
by Gary Kent
Sep 09, 2012 | 925 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — City Council members voted 3-0 Tuesday to spend another $148,629.25 on the football field complex at Veterans Memorial Park.

The decision came after Chris Majors of AG/CM, Inc. said he had talked with Ricardo Muñoz of the Youth Football organization here and Muñoz had asked for certain changes.

The recommendations were to make the two football fields at VMP more attractive to Pop Warner organizations looking for tournament locations.

Majors said Muñoz wanted the bleachers to be raised some so that the spectators could have a better view of the field. He said if players are standing on the sidelines, the first three rows of the bleachers would be useless.

Muñoz also requested more seats in the bleachers and some other additions, like a press box with electric connections and sliding windows at the concession stand.

With those additions, Muñoz said as many as 16 Pop Warner football teams could be in Beeville on any particular weekend.

Also, the field could sometimes be used as a central location when two area teams are playing each other.

Majors said the grass planted by Amstar, Inc. is growing. He said recent rains have helped the grass situation but that the normally expected erosion after the rains had been repaired.

City Manager Deborah Ballí said Beeville Economic Improvement Corp. members had previously authorized the use of some of its 4B sales tax funds for the project.

Council members also approved a list of regulations for the skate park at Flournoy Park.

The city will post a permanent sign at the facility in the near future now that the rules have been approved.

The council made no changes on a list of regulations previously approved by the Parks and Recreation Commission.

The rules will forbid skate park users from riding bicycles on the structure and will encourage, but not require, skateboarders to wear helmets.

In addition, the council approved a zoning variance for homes being built in the Cimarron Creek subdivision east of North Archer Street.

The variance will allow the developer to decrease the size of the back yards there to only five feet.

That will give the builder the ability to erect larger homes on the existing lots.

Council members had earlier approved a change in the city’s zoning ordinance allowing builders to limit back yards to only 15 feet.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.

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