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Falls City considers selling ball field
by Bain Serna
Aug 18, 2012 | 971 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
FALLS CITY – Considerations regarding the sale of the city baseball park to the Falls City Independent School District (FCISD) were discussed at the August 8 regular meeting of the city council.

The Falls City baseball park (Kunz Field) was given to the city years ago. The Kunz family originally owned the property and donated the land to the Falls City - Hobson Athletic Association. The property was turned over to the city in 1972. The baseball field’s primary use has been when the high school practices and plays on it, as well as a few Little League games.

The city has a large expenditure for the park in regards to electricity, water, and some maintenance. The school district and volunteers have helped with the maintenance during the baseball seasons.

The city is at the point where the city itself has no purpose for the baseball field, and FCISD has offered to purchase the baseball park for $30,000, since the high school puts the park to use for baseball athletics. The city has plans to have the park appraised to find out what it’s actually worth and to get a reasonable and fair market value.

City officials say that some stipulations come with the sale; such as the school district keeping the name of the field in honor of the Kunz family that originally gave the property, as well as that the park remains specifically a baseball park and the property is not converted to another use.

City officials plan to have city attorney Acie McAda look into what needs to be done in order to sell a piece of property that is owned by the municipality.

“The school needs a baseball field,” said Mayor Brent Houdmann. “It’s there and I think it fits into their future plans.”

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