Scoreboard, upgrades on tap for Council

City Council is expected tonight to question the administration’s plan to match a $600,000 grant to purchase a scoreboard and upgrade offices at Bowman Field.

Councilwoman Liz Miele, chair of the finance committee, questioned the finance director recently on what plans are in place to meet the match requirement of the $600,000 state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Projects grant for the $1.2 million project.

“I am not comfortable not knowing where the funding will come from for the entire project,” she said.

The city administration said $100,000 will be from the owner of the Crosscutters, $100,000 from River Valley Transit, additional funding from Bowman Field receipts and, if necessary, the city can take out a line of credit.

One factor delaying the project involves the bidding process: as the low bid was reviewed, it was learned that the company bidding had declared bankruptcy, said Joshua Warfel, information technology specialist with River Valley Transit.

Instead, the next highest, qualified bidder was recommended, a company called Daktronics, he said.

The renovation portion of the project includes a new high definition video board, stormwater control outside right field, field lighting, re-lamping, and pole upgrades. The funds also will be used to purchase new field maintenance equipment, project details stated.

Additional renovations include the home and visitor’s clubhouses, umpire room, corporate office and team storm, the details stated.

Various necessary maintenance issues include painting and minor structural repairs to the upper seating bowl, replacement of the outfield fencing, upgrading the field netting, and renovations to the Cutters Cove picnic area.

The scoreboard ideally can be put up in time for the first home game of the Williamsport Crosscutters on June 14, administrative and Cutters’ officials said.

The committee said it will pass the project on without a recommendation for council to look at Thursday.

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