Board designates $10,000
The ballpark in Gravois Mills is becoming a priority for the village board of trustees. About $10,000 was designated for ballpark improvements, according to secretary/treasurer John Brooks.
Located on Troutdale Road, the ballpark is run by a board of directors after the land was donated in a trust for the enjoyment of the community.
The ballpark, which has long been the heart of the small lakefront town, has fallen into some disrepair as the community has struggled economically.
In its heyday a few decades ago, Gravois Mills was one of the most popular places to visit in the lake area.
Brooks said he thinks that a refurbishing of the ballpark area will help rekindle some pride in the community — especially if they involve as many locals as they can in the organization and work.
“I didn’t grow up here, so I don’t know how it used to be, but I always here stories of way back when,” he said. “It’s amazing how word spreads, and people are excited that the town is willing to step up and help rejuvenate the park.”
The improvement plans are still being formulated, according to Brooks who will be working with the trust’s board of directors on a plan of attack this month.
The board of trustees plans to fund the ballpark work through its general operating account, funded by a 1 percent sales tax. It provides a total annual budget of $30,000-$40,000 per year.
“We don’t have the labor to pay, so most of our funds are available for improvements,” Brooks said.
In November, voters of the village also passed a 1/2-cent capital improvement sales tax which is expected to bring in about $19,000.
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