New dugouts slated for Scott Park

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 7, 2007

LINDEN &045; The City Council voted to allow Terry Tyson of the Parks and Recreations Department to proceed with installing new dugouts at Scott Park prior to the upcoming baseball season.

Tyson said he and council member Alvin &8220;Butch&8221; King went before the County Parks board and received money for the city’s parks and recreations. He said with the money in place he would be able to install the dugouts prior to the season starting.

Tyson estimated the project would cost around $20,000 to complete four large dugouts for two fields to replace the dilapidated dugouts currently at the facilities. Councilman Dennis Breckenridge said the completing four large dugouts might not be necessary for the park.

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The dugouts Tyson proposed would be made of cinder block and offer a more permanent structure than currently exists on the two fields at the park. Councilman King said he would send Tyson several numbers of bricklayers to price the construction of the project.

Tyson said he wanted the council’s approval before moving forward with the project and said he would keep as much in house as possible. The council voted to allocate $20,000 to the project with the stipulation that Tyson attempt to downsize the cost as much as possible during the construction.

In other business, the council asked police Chief Jeff Laduron to once again contact the railroad in an attempt to rid Linden of the nuisance of the company leaving trains stopped in the town for 12 to 18 hour at night. Laduron said the company leaves trains there because of federal guidelines that limit the number of hours a train operator can drive.

Breckenridge told the council new score boards would be installed at Scott Park within the next week or two and applauded the job of city workers.

Laduron told the council the police department would be training on a scenario interactive training device for the next several days. The device is on loan to the department until Friday.