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Deer Creek Council gets baseball restoration update

Diane George updated the Deer Creek City Council on the Deer Creek Baseball Restoration Project.

"We've got the walls to the dugout up and we have the backstop up," she said.

George said the roof should go up on both dugouts this fall, and the fence builder would continue on the project until the ground freeze.

The project organizers are also handling money issues. The fiscal agent is West Central Initiative.

"They told us to encourage people to write [the check] to West Central Initiative, then it can go directly to them," she said. "If we're having anybody ask for donations, that's probably the best way to do it."

George said that for people interested in donating, it is best to mention the Deer Creek Baseball Restoration Project on the memo line or on the check somewhere.

The Deer Creek Baseball Restoration Project had received a $10,000 Minnesota Twins grant.

The council approved a motion to pay two bills with money donated to the project to Bruce Brown for materials and labor and Birch Construction for cement for the slab underneath the dugout.

George said they hoped to start Phase II, the buildings, soon after fundraising during the winter months.

In other action, the council approved dropping a flat water service connection fee.

Council member Brenda Lee said the fee should not be passed on to the customer, and the $6.36 usage fee was confusing and inconvenient for people.

Council members Mary Lee Weaver and Dan Hendershot said that with the water rates already raised, the usage fee should not be charged to customers.

The city would eat the cost of about $648 per year.

The council also reviewed financials for the sewer lift station, approved Softline software for water and sewer billing, discussed city Christmas decorations and approved another 30 yards on an Otter Tail County winter maintenance agreement.