If you build it they will come, and according to the coaches of the Ballinger Youth Baseball Association, if the city helps clear an old baseball field, the teams will certainly come.

If you build it they will come, and according to the coaches of the Ballinger Youth Baseball Association, if the city helps clear an old baseball field, the teams will certainly come.

The Ballinger City Council approved a request from a citizen to improve an overgrown and unused baseball field on Sealy and 3rd streets during the regular meeting on Monday, March 20.

Justin Busenlehner, who is one of many coaches with the Ballinger Youth Baseball Association, made the request on behalf of many of the coaches saying that “this town does not have the facilities for all the kids who are playing baseball.”

Busenlehner told the immediate need is for practice fields. He suggested making improvements to Indian Field, on Sealy and 3rd streets, which has been unused and is in disrepair. The field is owned by the City of Ballinger.

“There’s no place to practice in this town,” Busenlehner said. “We’ve got to start somewhere.”

But it is doubtful that there will be any play on the field this season since it is covered in weeds and grass burs. Busenlehner said right now, he was asking permission to spray the fields to eradicate the weeds, mesquite and grass burs. The council approved the request to place weed killer and pre-emergent on the field.

City Manager Bryan Grimes said the city could help with moving dirt and possibly with irrigation in the future. Grimes said while there are grants available for the construction of baseball fields, cost is the issue.

“My vision would be low cost initially, maybe put up a section of bleachers,” Grimes said.

Grimes also talked about the field as possibly having three to four fields.

Currently, games are being played at Chandler Field on 11th Street and Davenport Field behind Bearcat Stadium.

During the discussion Councilman Philip Arp asked whether investing in Indian Field was the best way to go. Members agreed it was.

Busenlehner said volunteers would help get some kind of pipe or irrigation to the field once it is cleared off so that an outfield can be created.

“I have a sprinkler irrigation pipe that ya’ll can use,” he said.

He added that because of the lack of facilities in Ballinger, the tournaments were going to San Angelo.

During his report, Grimes informed the council that new public works vehicles were now in service. He added that paving was wrapping up on 8th Street.

Grimes also reported that the vendor was still working on the software for the utility billing system, which is being transferred to a “Cloud” based system. In addition, he reported that the meter reading system for the water failed last week and that the handheld system worked flawlessly.

“I informed the vendor that we would not be making the next payment until we are satisfied with our collector,” Grimes told the council.

In other business, the council:

• Approved a variance for a carport at 306 North 8th

• Approved building permits.

• Tabled the audit presentation by Gayla Fullerton CPA.