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Preparing for the All Stars

New building at Gravit’s Field will offer concessions, restrooms

July 25, 2012
By DAVE O’CONNOR - CORRESPONDENT ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

MAYVILLE - Construction of a two-story service building will begin shortly at Gravit's Field baseball park with completion of the 18 x 20 foot facility expected before winter.

The new building was the subject of a 55-minute public hearing held before the regular meeting of the village board. Following the hearing, a poll of the village board indicated three to two in favor. While a formal vote will be taken at a later time, Mayor Marty Bova declared the construction okay, "a done deal."

Last month Bova suggested the public hearing when neighbors of the ball field raised concerns about parking, crowds and noise. Darel Webb, president of Mayville Little League, addressed those issues during the hearing.

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President of Mayville Little League Darel Webb, right, describes a new building for Gravit’s Field in the village which he said will help bring out-of-town youth baseball events to Mayville such as the Little League All-Star 11-12 year-old game which Mayville will host next summer.

Regarding parking and crowds, Webb said only one game will be held each evening except for weekends when as many as three contests might be scheduled. He said the present parking lot should be adequate.

Noise from the planned public address system shouldn't bother neighbors Webb said because the amplifier is 15 watts and the two speakers will be aimed at the bleachers.

Neighbors like Scott Thomas asked questions and seemed satisfied with the responses. Thomas, for example, asked about security lighting for the new building and was told the lights will be pointed down so as to minimize glare.

Webb pointed to drawings of the building while assuring neighbors.

"It's going to look very nice," He said. "It's a pretty small building."

Webb said the facility will be a help in securing various out-of-town youth baseball events for Mayville such as the Little League 11-12 year-old All Star game in 2013. That entire tournament will mean a game every day for two weeks to determine the finalists, Webb said.

Robert Doughty, a Mayville Little League coach, said the building was necessary to make Mayville competitive with other communities. Webb noted Mayville was the only community in the area which presently doesn't offer a permanent concession stand and permanent rest rooms at it baseball field.

Regarding cost, Webb said the building expenses are going to be met by donations and by the local Little League.



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