Rachel Gutting | Editor
The Larchwood City Council was presented several budget requests for FY2013/2014 at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Among them were multiple requests for sports field maintenance and equipment from West Lyon Softball, Larchwood Baseball Club and Larchwood Betterment Club.
Speaking on behalf of the Larchwood Baseball Club was Shane Reinke. In addition to needed equipment, he requested that a field maintenance schedule be implemented to ensure that all upkeep is done. Currently, the City of Larchwood maintains the field and performs maintenance at the request of the Baseball Board. Having the schedule could simplify and expedite the process, as well as alleviate any unnecessary burden from the board, Reinke said.
Tony Kerkvliet, representing West Lyon Softball, agreed that a maintenance schedule would be beneficial. He also presented a list of items that either needed to be fixed, updated or removed, and requested various items such as chain link gates on each field, a sound system and concrete parking pads. Additionally, he voiced concern about the current parking situation and inquired about ways to create some organization in the parking lot.
Lastly, Jaden Lorenzen with the Larchwood Betterment Club asked the council to increase its budget to $5,000 due to an increase in participation, especially among younger grades. The additional funds would be used to hire two more coaches and update equipment.
The proposals and budgets were all presented and submitted to the council for consideration.
The Larchwood Public Library’s annual report was also presented at the meeting. Aaron Harmon presented the FY2014 budget, which has a 2.7 percent increase, due to hardware and software upgrades. He also asked the council for its approval to apply for a Lyon County Riverboat Foundation Grant for system upgrades. The council agreed and will pass a resolution at the next meeting.
The City of Larchwood received a dividend check from Lyon Rural Electric for $16,089.23. The council voted to pass the rebate on to the city’s electric customers. A credit of $36.15 will appear on all electric bills in the next billing cycle.