Gil Flores, PIO for the Sheriffs department who served on the Board of Directors for Little League stated, “the Little League board voted not to use the field and not Lake Gregory Recreation.
While we are disappointed with the Mountain Little League not utilizing the San Moritz Field, we are delighted that the league ultimately got the location and the facilities that the new Little League President was looking for.
At our first meeting with the new President, we made it clear that there would be baseball at the San Moritz fields, regardless of the leagues ability to pay. The fields were offered at zero cost to the league, and they could run the operation as they had in the past, with volunteers to install their outfield fence, mow the fields, provide trash and portable restrooms and provide janitorial services, and operate the snack bar.
The only fee we were looking to cover was the monthly watering fee, which can run up to $2,000.00 for a month. We also attempted to work with the Little League President, to work with the local water district, in an attempt to get the water fees reduced.
The Little President made it clear, she was looking for a turnkey operation, with no volunteers, or parental assistance… unlike previous years. The President was also adamant that the parking fees be waived during games, something we CAN and WILLING to do, if the fields are reserved and rented as a special event.
The President again asked us for an amount, with the Lake Gregory Recreation Company providing all services, and making the fields exclusive for the Little League from March 28th to June 6th ( gates were to be installed at all field entrances to keep dogs and other potential users off the fields) The Lake Gregory Recreation Company provided a written contract to the President and board of the Little League to provide:
- Exclusive Field use of two fields March 28th thru June 6th
- New gated entrance to the fields
- Parking fees waived during games
- All watering, field fertilizing and reseeding
- All trash collection and disposal
- All supplies and maintenance of restroom facilities
- Snack bar building
- Lake Gregory Recreation Company providing, and paying all utility charges
- Field mowing and maintenance
- Install fencing owned by the little league
- Donation of the San Moritz Lodge for a fund raiser
Total cost $6,000.00, far below the actual hard cost of providing the above services.
It is our belief, that the Little League then took our bid to provide services, to The Rim Parks District, in an effort to negotiate a better deal with them.
Ultimately The Rim Parks District ( which is funded with a special property tax, Measure N) was able to provide Four (4) fields, with lights and two snack bars for $3,000.00.
We could not compete with this tax funded number, and we could not provide four (4) fields or lights ,and the Little League made the decision to move to the Rim Parks District.
We went to great lengths in an attempt to keep the Little League at the San Moritz, but ultimately, they voted to move.