SPRINGVILLE -- It appears the Youth Soccer Association will partner with the city to bring more lights to what people call the Walmart Sports Park.
Clayton Holderfield told the mayor and council that by providing another field at the newer park, youth soccer could become a revenue producing sport for the city.
The group is proposing that the youth soccer organization and the city form a partnership to bring four new stadium lights, mounted on galvanized poles, to the football field at the park.
“The lights can be used for flag football and soccer,” Holderfield said. “This is a good, safe place for us to grow.”
Parents with youth soccer said they have more than 350 children who participate during the spring and fall. There were 23 soccer teams that hit the field last spring.
“We have $10,000 for the down payment for the lights,” Holderfield said. “There are a lot of pros to this.”
He said there is an existing soccer field at the park with lights. There are two other fields, a football field and a practice field. The football field can become a multi-purpose field.
Holderfield said the group spends $5,000 a year for lighting at the church sports park. He said that money could be used to help pay for new lights at the Walmart Park, which is owned by the city.
The group also hopes to tap into some grant money that could assist with the purchase and construction of stadium lights, which are estimated to cost $109,000-$130,000. That estimate does not include bringing power to the field, although city officials said there is already a power transformer at the park.
The group said over a five-year period, youth soccer could put about $80,000 toward the project.
The group said having two soccer fields in one location could allow youth soccer to hold tournaments, which could also benefit the city and local businesses.
Councilman David Jones, who apparently supported the partnership, said the city must first talk with the youth football association.
“That’s a great suggestion,” said Mayor William “Butch” Isley. “We want to listen to the other sports (associations).”
He said the youth football program would not be able to assist in paying for new stadium lights.
“We need to get it in writing and see if all this can mesh together before we vote on it,” Jones said.
Isley said the football program has about four teams, 50-60 players, and the costs for parents is much more expensive because of the equipment that is involved with the contact sport.
City officials were also uncertain how much it would cost to bring power to the youth football field.
City attorney James Hill III said the municipality’s lease contract withFirst Baptist Churchcould be amended, but the city may have to continue the upkeep on the church sports park.
The municipality is expected to review exact costs and possibly consider bids for installing the lighting system for the field, as well as iron out a proposed agreement between the city and youth soccer association by the next council meeting.
In other matters Monday night, the council:
- Approved a resolution authorizing the payment of certain expenses without council approval;
- Approved reappointing Ron Howell to the Commercial Development Board;
- Approved the appointment of Don Carroll and Brett Butler to the Commercial Development Board;
- Approved the appointment of Wesley Dickmann to the Board of Adjustment.;
- Approved the repair of the water gauge to Fire Department Engine 1 by Bonaventure at a cost of $501;
- Approved a $6,600 change order to the city’s storm shelter construction project; and
- Saw newly appointed District 2 Councilman David Vinson administered the oath of office.