Shepherd City Council considering ballpark expansion
The City of Shepherd is making considerations to expand the Shepherd Youth League baseball fields while also installing new parking as of their April 10 meeting.
Representatives of the Shepherd Youth League brought forth their plan to create a new ball field to deal with the crowding of league teams playing for the baseball and softball seasons. The plan is to build the field where most park visitors currently use for parking.
“They want to move the parking to the back,” said Councilwoman Yvonne Ryba. “We asked if we could see the actual land be taken.”
The Shepherd Youth League representatives plan to clear out a section of trees further behind the community park to be used for future parking.
“We have to vote on it next time,” said Ryba. “They would be willing to pay for all of this.”
Weaver and Tidwell, LLP, audited the city and gave it a good report, according to Ryba.
“We had more [money] than most small cities,” said Ryba.
City council also approved demolishing the building sitting behind the Shepherd Public Library, which is used for storage.
According to Ryba, the storage building is prone to break-ins and other issues.
“It’s no good as a shelter,” she said.
The city is expected to get bids on constructing a replacement building with a metal roof.
City council also approved extending the lease to the Shepherd Senior Citizens Center for two years.
According to Ryba, the senior center plans on moving to a new location but is waiting until they have the money to accomplish this goal.
Wanda Padlock, a representative of the senior center, also says they plan to use grant money the organization received to make adjustments to the current location such as handling the plumbing and other areas.