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The Rundown – Drainage project at Centennial Park will allow for more ballfields

Post Date:05/09/2018 5:06 PM

The Rundown is prepared by the City of Newton Public Information Office to summarize the City Commission meeting and does not represent official Commission minutes.

7 p.m. May 8, 2018, Newton City Commission meeting

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the City Commission approved plans for drainage improvements at Centennial Park that will open up the park for additional ballfields.

Stormwater currently drains southwest through the middle of the park. The improvement plan will reroute the drainage channel so that the land east of Gillispie Field can be developed. Additional youth fields could allow the park to host tournaments.

A number of other improvements have been made at Centennial in recent years, thanks to City partnerships with the Newton Recreation Commission and other community groups, including:

  • A new parking lot west of Kenny Williams Field on the north end of the park.
  • A new parking lot on the south end of the park by the youth fields.
  • New dugouts at Kenny Williams and Gillispie Fields.
  • The addition of Centennial Dog Park.
  • Sewer line extension to Centennial and removal of underground sewage tanks.
  • A new restroom/concession/press box building that is currently under construction at Klein Scott Field on the north end of the park. It is scheduled for completion in August.
  • A new restroom on the south end of the park, east of the youth fields, which is scheduled for completion in late May.
  • A new pathway to connect the new southern restroom to Gillispie Field. It is scheduled for completion by September.

The City Commission approved plans and specifications for the drainage project and set a bid date of 11 a.m. June 7.

Community recognition
The City Commission honored Newton wrestling club participants who recently competed at State and National tournaments, as well as the 2018 Newton Area Women of the Year: Pam Stevens, Jennifer Vogts and Judge Marilyn Wilder.

In other action, the City Commission:

  1. Proclaimed May as Historic Preservation Month.
  2. Proclaimed May 13-19 at National Police Week and May 13 as Peace Officers Memorial Day.
  3. Proclaimed May 20-26 as Poppy Week.
  4. Proclaimed May 20-26 as National Public Works Week.
  5. Received plans and specifications for Slate Creek bank reconstruction from Old Main to Plum and set a bid date of 11 a.m. June 7.
  6. Annexed about 38 acres of land the City recently purchased on East First Street just east of Prairie View.
  7. Approved a maintenance agreement with Wholesale Water Supply District No. 17.

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