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Playing Hardball With Softball

City vows to enforce drinking rule, charge use fees

March 22, 2013

If you want to bring alcohol, you have to play ball with the city. Existing and new laws regarding event fees will present some new scenarios for softball players this summer at Betts Park....

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Mar-24-13 7:54 AM

Who's going to enforce this ordinance, the Police? They would have to put 2 cops down there every day of the week! Not to mention, there's a city cop that endulges in these events also and plays in 3 different leagues as well as tournaments so are they going to arrest him?

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Mar-22-13 6:36 PM

Sounds like the ball players need to take their balls and find another field to play in!

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Mar-22-13 6:34 PM

The little league field at Betts complex is not a YBSA field, it is maintained by the city just like Lacy field. That fiels replaced the one removed at the Cancer Center.

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Mar-22-13 5:54 PM

Which fences? Are there new fences or is it the old fence that has been there since the courts were put up which was before my time of playing there. Very easy. If a group does something like that they can be given free access for a period of time - 5 years, 10 years whatever. Bottom line is many towns to some degree charge for usage based on address. I think the City has done this in many area like pavillion rental, pool rental. City charges to city residents should be kept to a minimum but tapeworms from areas outside of the City who don't pay for city services, brag about lower tax rates, and then use those services to play in softball leagues etc. shouldn't get a free ride. They should have to subsidize the City for this use. After all, so many of you complain about welfare, medicaid etc. Isn't this just another form? You pay nothing for City Park maintenance etc. and existance yet you want to use them for free?

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Mar-22-13 5:38 PM

Good fences make good neighbors.

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Mar-22-13 1:15 PM

What about players that are not old enough or don't drink!!! Will they be forced to pay the exta money?

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Mar-22-13 10:35 AM

I'll just draw on personal experience of living outside the County for several years. Many towns, cities have been charging user fees for softball leagues for decades. What seems to be missing is those from out of the jurisdiction are not allowed to freeload. In other words, years ago Pleasant Twp talked about building a community park but some of the biggest wage earners living in Pleasant put the hammer down and one of the things they said was that there were free venues in Warren for Pleasant people to use. What most towns that I have lived in do is have two user fees for Softball participants, basketball participants etc. The non-local per person fee is usually double or triple the resident fee. That is the fair way of doing things.

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Mar-22-13 9:33 AM

It's just another means by which to take take take more and give give give less. Welcome to Warren...where money "disappears" and I guess they have to try to find it somewhere. Who is going to tell all the city police officers? If this has been in affect since 2011 my experience at the ball fields tells me no one told them...

I don't think alcohol is necessary to a good time down there. But without even a hint of a mention about safety or public concern? This was enacted to get money and to get money only -- Warren does care about you or your children. Only your wallet.

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Mar-22-13 9:18 AM

According to the article....if you've had alcohol without an event permit, technically, you were breaking the law. Then, were you technically arrested? No...

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Mar-22-13 8:48 AM

Maybe they should find a way to "charge" everyone at the parade that brings alcohol with them as well...

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Mar-22-13 8:47 AM

So... does Little league need to pay the fee?

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Mar-22-13 8:30 AM

Try the fairgrounds. All other events are going there.

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Mar-22-13 8:06 AM

The only thing the city pays for is mowing the grass and policing the place. If the league goes away or goes somewhere else, the grass will still grow and the police will still need to police which means the City keeps the costs and has none of the revenue.

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Mar-22-13 7:37 AM

Most of the softball players are not city residents but the city maintains and polices Betts Park. The League is getting a bargin at even $2,000 dollars a year for permit fees. The Softball League has done a wonderful job building and maintaining their fields. The complex is a great asset to the County but the City shouldn't have to pay all associated costs.

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Mar-22-13 7:31 AM

This is the problem when you get into rough economic times....... you come up with ridiculously short sighted and meaningless sources of revenue. At the end of the day, I would be shocked if this creates more than a few hundred dollars additional income to the City. If you facotr in enforcement costs and the time they wasted discussing and implementing it, they are already way behind on the proposition.

Perhaps they could apply for another grant?

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Mar-22-13 6:12 AM

Kinda wants to make you "PUKE"

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