Lights out for Lane Babe Ruth League?
Night time baseball may be a little hard for the Lane Babe Ruth League in Charlottesville after July 1, 2010. The county who has been footing the bill for Gardner Field lights plans to stop as of July 1.
According to Tim Hughes at the Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department, the county has decided to cut the funding for lighting the fields as part of budget cuts for the year. The Lane Babe Ruth League has the opportunity to pay for the lighting bill on their own, which for a seasons worth of games amounts to around $5000. Mr. Hughes stated that the County is working with the Lane League and the city to come up with a way to share the cost for the rest of the 2010 season.
The Lane Babe Ruth League has already planned out their fiscal year and don't have extra funds to cover the cost of the lighting bill. To the players and parents this means more out of pocket costs or less time on the field.
Tonight at 6:00 PM is the next scheduled County Board of Supervisors meeting. The Lane Babe Ruth league is asking for the support of the families of the players and the community to come out and join in their plea to the county.