Ball field talks open with Lincoln Township


LINCOLN TWP. — Spirits were high among the Standish-Sterling Youth Sports Organization (SSYSO) as members met with the Lincoln Township board during the board’s meeting Thursday, Feb. 9.

The SSYSO had come to gauge the board’s interest in having boys’ and girls’ baseball and softball fields at the township’s proposed recreational park, which would be located on 15 acres of land near Deep River Road ¼ mile north of M-61.

Township Supervisor David Hertzberg was very interested in the idea as a way to spur development of the park property, which he envisioned as hosting the township’s new hall, a pavilion, and sports fields.

The current township hall was built in the 1930s, and discussions had been held with the city of Standish to build up the park since 2006, but stalled after a changeover in city managers, Hertzberg said.

The enthusiasm of the board did not go unnoticed among members of the nonprofit sports organization.

“I feel more warmth tonight than in months of negotiations with other places,” group representative Ryan Raymond said. “We just want to build fields.”

SSYSO representative Gary Roper said the group had permission to build on Standish-Sterling Community Schools, but it was not an ideal location due to space constraints. The group has also been in discussions with the city of Standish to locate the fields on Airpark Drive at the old airport, but has faced roadblocks since the idea was brought up last fall.

Hertzberg said the group would have to leave space for the new township hall, but the township could easily give them 12 acres to work with, which was acceptable to the SSYSO members in attendance.

With the township hall’s future location planned nearby, Hertzberg added utilities could be added to a proposed concession stand fairly easily.

“It wouldn’t take us much to get electricity,” Hertzberg said.

Roper said the group has already raised $18,000 for its first field, and anticipates getting additional grant money to start building. He said a field could cost approximately $32-35,000. As a result, the group just wants to get one built in the near term.

The board agreed to go over the proposal and work out the details with SSYSO members before the next board meeting on March 8. A public hearing date was set for the ball field proposal of March 7, during the township’s planning commission meeting.

Read more in the Arenac County Independent, Feb. 15 edition.



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What the hell is this obsession with building a godforsaken ball field? Don't you people have anything better to do?

Saturday, February 11, 2012 | Report this

I would rather have them building a ball field with the hopes these kids would be playing ball instead of killing themselves with drugs and alcohol...

Saturday, February 11, 2012 | Report this

You've got some high hopes. First, you've gotta pry them away from their video games. Then you've got to convince their parents to pony up all sorts of "fees" so their kid is eligible to play.

I've got nothing against a good quality sandlot league, it just looks like some adults have way too much time on their hands. This thing looks like they want a college level ball field for an indeterminate amount of ankle biters.

If that's their goal, then fine, although I think it's a complete waste of time and resources... but I hope that the elected officials don't look at this as some sort of vector that will attract additional business development. It ain't gonna happen.

Saturday, February 11, 2012 | Report this

As long as it is their money and the money is raised by donations, what difference is it to you?

If no money is coming out of your pocket then it shouldn't make a bit of difference to you.

I applaud anyone who is attempting to try to do something for our young people. It is easy to sit back and complain about what someone else is doing, but a lot harder to get up and try to make a difference.

I will be donating to this ball field, because I beleive it is a worthy cause.

Saturday, February 11, 2012 | Report this

First of all, I don't know who Buffalo Bilious is, however it appears he doesn't really care about kids getting out playing baseball. Over the years too many kids have gotten too much into vidio games, etc, but I for one remember when growing upin Standish and playing Little League baseball on the only ball field we had for it located west of town. Wee had the Red's, the Green,s, I believe Yellow and I was on the one I always wanted ot be on and that was the Maroons ( I liked that color, needed a reason ). Us kid's would ride our bikes to the park and bring our balls and bats if we owned one and especially if someone just got a new bat, Whow!! Everyone wanted to use it. We would choose sides and have fun all afternoon and then when we had our League games even more fun. With now field, no ball. People tend to forget what they did when they were young or what they didn't do and if they didn't then they feel others need not. I for one think you need apleace for kids to play ball, get out of the house and parents will enjoy. Oh by the way, I still have friends and an Aunt in Standish, my Uncle Ray just passed away, but Standish is where I was raised and enjoyed it. Go play ball.

Monday, February 13, 2012 | Report this

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