League organizer seeks park repairs

Kayron Caesar told the Baldwin Board of Aldermen Thursday that the town’s ballpark is still in need of renovations and improvements.
The league organizer also noted that tryouts for the Baldwin league will be held Feb. 28 from 5:30-7 p.m., March 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. March 3. Opening day is March 22.
There will be a meeting Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m. seeking help from the community with the league and improvements to the ball park.
Caesar said there are still concession stand issues and there are no functioning score boards. Restrooms are in bad shape, he said, doors often don’t lock or become stuck. There are also storage issues for league equipment.
He also asked that an officer be posted at the ball park during games.
The team went to state finals last year. Caesar said the town does not help with transportation, and he has asked “a neighboring community” to borrow a vehicle.
Caesar also said he regrets that board members don’t attend games or practices.
Baldwin lost the opportunity to host the district tournament but was not equipped to do so, Caesar claims. The league that hosted it made $10,000 in profit.
“If I have what I need, three working scoreboards and a concession stand, if I get $10,000 then my being here is a moot point,” Caesar said.
Mayor Wayne Breaux said he has requested $15,000 from the St. Mary Parish Council to help with revitalizing the ball field. That request has not yet been approved by parish government.
Breaux said he believes the town can afford to repair the concession stand, and hopes more funds can be obtained for the score boards, which are in place, but the electrical and control box is inoperable or missing. He said finding a solution to that problem is being sought.
In other business Thursday:
—Occupational licenses were approved for LAD Services of Louisiana, new occupant of the former Superior Fabricators facility in Baldwin; and for Louisiana Environmental Concepts LLC for an office on Main Street.
—Breaux reported that flood protection on Bayou Choupique is awaiting U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approval and consultation on plans.
—The fire substation under the overpass of U.S. 90 at Martin Luther King Street may be bid in the next couple months, Breaux said, with approval from federal officials possibly coming soon.
—The street overlay project in the area of Bayou Choupique is continuing despite setbacks due to the weather.
—A meeting of the town beautification committee is set for Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Baldwin Community Center.

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