RIPLEY - Ripley Town Council voted Thursday, June 14 to allow an unused little league baseball field to be converted into a football field.
Ripley Central High School ninth grader Logan Dulmus, who petitioned to board in May for assistance in creating a football field, attended the council's regular meeting to ask if any land had been allocated for his request. When asked if he had any particular parcel in mind, Dulmus answered the second little league field near the maintenance building had not been used for years and was in disrepair.
After town clerk Rebecca Rowe Carvallo reviewed the property and affirmed the field was no longer in use, the board voted unanimously to allow Dulmus to convert it,
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The Town of Ripley has advertised a commercial site in the magazine Site Selection.
Dulmus submitted his proposal in May, stating it would serve as a practice field for Ripley students who current play high school football for Sherman, but do not have a local field. He said he also hopes the Sherman team will consider having some home games in Ripley. Dulmus said he and other Ripley students will be responsible for raising funds for the field.
In other business, the board awarded a bid for the waterline project along Sidehill Road and Route 20 to Vellano Bros from Lancaster. Vellano Bros. revised a previous bid to become the low bidder at $18,756
The board also voted to apply for a $100,000 bond for the project, although supervisor Doug Bowen said, "we won't need anywhere near that." Several homeowners who will benefit from the new waterline have agreed to pay a substantial portion of the material costs. They will also be allowed to share in the bond rather than having to put the money up front.
The board decided to purchase a used Ricoh copy machine for $5,219. Bowen reported the current copier is so obsolete the toner cartridges are no longer available.
Jacob Hortzman was hired as director of the summer recreation project.
Bowen noted a site in Ripley for commercial development was advertised in the national magazine "Site Selection."