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Travel softball group asks to use park in Lordstown

LORDSTOWN — Members of the Fire Fastpitch travel ball softball organization asked officials for permission to rent the village park ball fields off Tod Avenue, starting in the fall.

Rich Meikle and Lance Adkins told village council on Monday about their plans for girls’ youth fastpitch softball in the area, which started in 2018 and now has grown to eight teams with 83 participants.

Meikle said the group has been using three fields near the Johnson Community Center in Warren Township, but with a rise in participants, it needs more fields for games.

“That was absolutely perfect for us when we first started. We now have eight teams and is not enough space for us. We are asking to use the Lordstown fields for games and events,” he said, indicating practices still would be held in Warren Township.

He said the organization would help with fertilizer at the fields and do other community service work in the village such as helping with park cleanup.

Meikle said 90 percent of the players are from Trumbull and Mahoning counties, with one girl from Lordstown.

The fields would be needed Sundays for games in order not to interfere with local high school teams during the week or Saturdays.

Village Solicitor Paul Dutton said the organization would need to provide liability and casualty insurance in case someone is injured while using the fields.

Meikle said the increased number of people coming to the village, estimated at 170 or more per game, would help local businesses.

Officials said the park has space for 220 vehicles.

Adkins said in 2023, the group would like to see a July 4 weekend event with tournaments and a fireworks display.

Councilman Terry Campbell said the request will be reviewed by the parks and recreation committee.

In another matter, council approved a quote of $4,800 per month from Spectrum Enterprises, also known as Charter Communications Operating LLC, to provide internet and phone service for the village’s buildings and facilities.

Village officials have discussed looking to update a 20-year social media / telecommunication computer policy on use of office computers and other technology. The policy was approved in 2001 when Facebook and Twitter didn’t exist.

In other action, council:

• Approved the village’s local share of $6,940 for a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant of $97,190 for the fire department;

• Heard from Road Supervisor Ron Hickox of plans to seek grants jointly with Warren Township from the Ohio Public Works Commission for work on Hewitt Gifford Road, which is in both communities;

• Approved Scott Wilson as a firefighter / paramedic.

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