Greater Latrobe eyes upgrade of 3 softball fields |

Greater Latrobe eyes upgrade of 3 softball fields

Jeff Himler
Jeff Himler | Tribune-Review
Several trees are targeted for removal at the Mt. View Elementary playground in Unity Township, seen on Friday, June 14, 2019.

Greater Latrobe School District is considering upgrading three softball fields at a cost of nearly $38,000.

Used by the district and community teams, they include a junior high competition field at Rotary Park in Youngstown and fields at Baggaley and Mountain View elementary schools.

Business administrator Dan Watson said the fields have been slated for improvement for a number years. The cost will be paid from the district’s capital reserve funds.

“It was on our agenda and just got sidetracked,” he said. “We have a lot of community partnerships with (Latrobe-GLSD Parks and Recreation) as well as some travel teams that are identified by our high school coaches as part of their feeder system. They’ve had a hard time utilizing the fields because they’re not taken care of real well.”

On Tuesday, the school board is expected to vote on the field improvements proposed by Athletic Field Pros of West Pittsburg in Lawrence County. At each site, the company plans to apply a fresh infield soil mix.

“The company will actually raise the field up and put a baseball mix on it, get new bases on the field and make sure the fencing is all tied down,” Watson said. “It will just make it more of a playable field, a more competitive-type field.”

The board also expects to vote on Bartlett Tree Experts’ proposal to remove four problem trees, including a black cherry tree that is leaning, and to prune and install support cables on other trees at the Mountain View Elementary playground, at a cost of $23,420.

It also will consider a proposal by Dan Taylor Industries to replace the Baggaley Elementary cafeteria floor with new tile flooring, at a cost of $23,380.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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