Now youth baseball, softball and soccer players pay $5 fees to use The Plex and Bill Gillespie Soccer Park. Karbowski said, “Maybe that should be $15.” Baumer estimated each summer the city spends over $10,000 on gas, labor and other expenses to maintain The Plex.
Fitzpatrick wanted to ban out-of-town persons from renting park facilities, but the mayor disagreed, suggesting they pay higher fees than locals, who also contribute to Batesville parks at tax time. When outsiders use a city park space, “they may go to Kroger” or other businesses and spend money, Fledderman pointed out.
West recommended elevating the $275 price for large companies, such as Batesville Casket and Batesville Tool & Die, to rent the pavilion and tables for picnics. “That’s a heck of a deal” for large gatherings.
Debbie Blank can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.
Trails project delayed • Baumer announced some disappointing news: Batesville's grant application to create a trail around The Plex and soccer park was denied by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Five of 15 state applicants will receive funds.