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City rejects Pistole Park funding
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McMinnville officials removed $200,000 for Pistole Park improvements from the proposed Parks and Recreation budget for fiscal year 2013-14.“When you have a department that only makes 28 percent of its budget through user fees, you have to watch where every penny is spent,” said Finance Committee chairman Ken Smith. The item was removed during a joint meeting of the Finance Committee and Parks and Recreation Committee.Requested by the Warren County Youth Soccer Association were:• Re-leveling current fields with sod and irrigation, and building new fields regulation size with lights. • Gravel in both parking lots, especially upper one.• Port-a-potties. There are currently two restrooms with six stalls for approximately 2,000 people on Saturdays.• Larger playground • Lids for recycle bins.• Build a central concession stand with more bathrooms while converting the current concession stand into storage.The association also asked officials to “eventually” construct an indoor facility for an indoor soccer league and tournaments year round.The $200,000 price tag is a rough estimate on developing the remaining 19 acres at Pistole Park and does not include any other requested upgrades.