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Orchard City trustees focus on youth sports

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Giving final approval to the annual agreement with Field of Dreams for organized youth sports use at Orchard City Town Park was the major business item on the agenda for town trustees on April 13.

The town board's business item gave occasion for the trustees and the youth sports organization's president to exchange appreciation for each other's efforts on behalf of the area's youth sports.

Ed Kissner, president of the Field of Dreams organization, had compliments for the town's park facilities and thanked trustees for providing them for the Field of Dream programs.

Trustees were interested in the pee-wee wrestling program (K-6) that Field of Dreams has recently taken under its umbrella along with the programs for youth soccer, baseball and basketball. A season of the pee-wee wrestling program has just concluded. By allowing the wrestling program to operate under the Field of Dream umbrella, the program gets access to insurance coverage and other benefits, the trustees were told.

The town has recently brought a seasonal park employee on board. Soccer is in the middle of its season, and the town has received a proposal to use the Town Park fields for Delta High School games, the trustee park committee reported.

The dimensions of Orchard City's soccer fields were a question mark, but scheduling would not be a conflict if hosting youth soccer games on the weekends and high school soccer during the week becomes necessary. Three high school games at Town Park were being considered.

In other business:

• Trustees adopted an official emergency response manual for the town's employees. Updated copies of the manual with current phone contact numbers will be issued to employees and placed in town vehicles. Mayor Don Suppes noted that creating the documents was one of the unfunded mandates handed down from state government -- in this instance the state health department. Suppes noted that the same information and emergency response is already available by calling 911.

• Trustees also approved changes in the personnel manual that deal with compensation for costs when employees are required to obtain or renew job-specific certifications.

• The water committee reported that spring weather and seasonal ground movements that occur had helped create leaks and a small spike in system water losses.

• Orchard City's former building official, Mike Morgan, displayed his state high school coaching award and thanked trustees for time to help the local athletes.

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