The discussion involved girls’ softball and junior league baseball facilities at Veterans Memorial Park.
Only one subcommittee member made the meeting. BEIC Board President Jody Alaniz asked Vasquez and youth baseball representatives Ray Gonzales and Cassandra Smith for their recommendations on how to improve baseball and softball facilities at Veterans Memorial Park.
Bee-Picayune sports writer Bruce Harper was also at the meeting.
Alaniz said he had been discussing the necessary improvements with Harper earlier and had learned that the major concerns were at the girls’ softball field and the boys’ junior league facility.
Vasquez explained that, to comply with National Collegiate Athletic Association regulations, a fence at the softball field would have to be moved farther away from home plate, and additional bleachers would be needed. Home plate would also have to be moved.
Harper addressed lighting needs at the two fields and provided Alaniz with information regarding the costs and other provisions of working with two different contractors.
One company’s proposal came at a higher price tag, Harper said. But that company would provide better equipment and would include a 25-year maintenance agreement.
Alaniz asked that the proposals be made in writing so funding sources could have dependable information regarding the projects.
Harper and Vasquez also mentioned scoreboard needs for the fields, as well as electrical and water service to buildings that house concession stands and press boxes.
“Lighting is a priority,” Harper said.
Vasquez added that he would like to see electricity connected to the dugouts at the softball field so those in the facilities could operate electronic equipment.
Harper said estimates for the electrical and lighting work would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $221,000 for both fields.
Vasquez addressed the bleacher situation at the softball field, saying NCAA regulations require seating for at least 200 spectators.
He said CBC may be able to assist in funding the installation of the additional bleachers.
Those at the meeting also discussed the condition of the restroom facilities near the fields and considered storage space for equipment needed at the fields.
Harper told Alaniz that a public address system is needed at the girls’ softball field.
Vasquez said the field also needs an irrigation system.
Alaniz then reminded those present that both fields probably would need to be sodded and City of Beeville Parks Superintendent Fred Diaz said the city could help with that job.
“A 25-year warranty goes a long way,” Gonzales said when he was asked his opinion of the lighting proposals for the two fields.
The subcommittee probably will meet again later once written proposals are prepared for the work.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.