During their February 1 meeting, Six Mile Town Council members unanimously signed off on allowing Daniel High School to use the baseball field at Ponderosa Park for baseball practices.
In a letter sent to the town council last month, Tim Newman, district executive director of operations and technology, requested that town council consider allowing the school to use the field.
In his letter, Newman suggested that the Six Mile Recreation Department would still be responsible for physically maintaining the field, including the placement and maintenance of the pitching mound, base paths and home plate, grooming of all grass surfaces and maintenance of playing boundaries.
In return, the school would be responsible for chalking the boundaries, removing garbage, and placing any portable equipment required by the team.
After the council approved the proposal, Six Mile Mayor John Wade wrote to Newman.
The council asks that the Recreation Department be responsible for getting the bases and pitchers mound in order, re-installing the portable outfield fence, mowing the grass once it starts growing, and coordinated the schedule for use of the field with Daniel High School.
Wade said it appears that no scheduling conflicts exists between the school and the Recreation Department regarding the field’s use before 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In return, council asks that the district be responsible for any injuries or damages that may occur as a result of the school’s use of the field, lining off the field and batter’s boxes and dragging the in-field dirt.
The two parties agree to work together on any other problems that may arise.
Although Newman, in his letter, said the school district would be happy to pay a set fee for each use of the Ponderosa Park field by Daniel High, Wade said that would not be necessary.
“The Town of Six Mile is happy to provide the use of our facility at no cost,” Wade said.
In the event that field lights are needed for practices, the council and the Recreation Department ask that district officials agree on a fair price, to be paid to the town.
The Ponderosa Park ball field exceeds the minimum size required for regulation play, Wade said.
Wade hopes the town and the school can continue to work together in the future.
“The Town of Six Mile would consider it a privilege to host a Daniel High Varsity Game,” Wade wrote.