UPDATED 12-6-17 –
NOTICE – There will be a Meeting tomorrow night (Thursday, December 7th) at 7pm in the Celina High School lecture hall on the Montgomery Field project. All parents from tee-ball to High School are encouraged to attend.
Results from a Celina Park and Recreation meeting held on Monday night were very positive for the future repairs at Montgomery Park that was damaged during the November tornado..
Damages from Tornado:
- Two light poles were broken
- press box-concession building was damaged
- first-base-side visitors dugout
- extensive damage to fence
Celina Baseball Association:
Non-profit foundation called the Celina Baseball Association, which consists of Celina Baseball Coach Andy Mikesell and Celina parents.
The group feels they can complete the following for under $63,000 -replace and enlarge the concession stand, press box and dugout, plus add a new indoor batting cage.
City of Celina:
The city’s insurance company has guaranteed at least $34,000 for the destroyed press box and concession stand, plus money for the damaged lighting and fence
Insurance money will be used to demolish the existing buildings and removing old foundations and to clean up the site,
Agrees the Association could get the work done quickly and less expensive than the city. The Associaiton would not have to solicit bids or pay prevailing wages, relying instead on donations and deeply discounted contract work. The new buildings would be deeded over to the city after they are completed.
Target date for Montgomery Field to be able to be used would be April 1st, 2018.
UPDATED 11-30-17 –
CELINA CITY COUNCIL Committee Meeting Reminder
Parks & Recreation Committee Meeting
- Date: 12/4/17
- Time: 6:00 PM
- Location: Council Chamber
Meeting Topic: discuss proposal received for Montgomery Field
(11-29-17) The recent tornado that hit Celina did major damage to Montgomery Field at Eastview Park. As of today no repairs have taken place on the field.
The following is the only input so far from the Celina City Council and Administration on the situation and this came in the approved Council minutes from November 13th meeting:
Montgomery Field is the home of three significant baseball programs, Celina High School, Wright-State Lake and the summer collegiate Grand Lake Mariners.
There is some concern locally about the situation, but many still hold a positive position that it will be taken of to allow all three teams to be able to play all home games on schedule.
Celina Head Baseball Coach Andy Mikesell tells SSN about some groundwork they are hoping will help to get things moving forward:
To my knowledge, insurance is taking longer than expected. We, as the Celina Baseball Association, have a plan for a structure we are preparing to present to the City Council. We have fundraisers prepared to raise money for the building but just need the approval from the council before we can start moving forward on those. If they do not approve of our plan, I have no idea what will be done. Obviously we would like to see it up by the beginning of the season but we will be at the mercy of the weather.
Montgomery Field is one of the few turf fields in the area and baseball has become a big part of the greater Celina area. As winter draws near the days to make needed repairs dwindle, the sooner repairs start, the sooner it gets completed. The high school baseball season is set to kick-off in late March of 2018.