Published On: Thu, Apr 20th, 2017

City leaders get update on youth sports

LAUREL — Laurel city leaders talked about youth sports at their meeting last week.
The basketball season is over and kids are looking at playing baseball and softball.
Stephanie Urwiler provided an update on the Laurel Recreation Board at the April 10 meeting.
“We have been busy with basketball. We had a league in Laurel and Coleridge,” Urwiler said. “It was a successful season.”
In February, boys and girls tournaments were held for fifth and sixth grade.
“The crowd maxed out in the gym,” she said.
Baseball and softball games will be starting in May.
All of the baseball teams have been filled. There are high numbers in the fifth through ninth grades.
Teams for softball have been filled except for the 14-and-under and the 16-and-under teams.
John Manganaro will hold a camp for the baseball team in April.
The Wayne State Softball Team will hold a softball camp.
A new scoreboard is in place at the softball field, Urwiler said.
There are some safety concerns with the crow’s nest at the field.
“Young kids sometimes climb up the ladder. It possibly needs to be taken down or replaced,” she said.
City Administrator Mark McCoy will check and see if there would be someone willing to help out. It could be a possible Eagle Scout project or a project for a class at school.
It won’t be long and the swimming pool will be open for the summer and city property will have to be mowed.
Eleven lifeguards for the pool have been hired, according to McCoy. They are in the process of receiving the training for lifeguard certifications. Two part-time people have been hired for outside work.
The Spring Cleanup date is set for Wednesday, May 10.
A final payment of $93,050 will be made on the lift station that was installed at the city’s sewer plant.
The total cost for the project, which was done by Rutjens Construction, Tilden, was $416,075.
“Most of it is done,” McCoy said. “We are still waiting on the amount for some wages for overtime pay.”
Police Chief Ron Lundahl presented the March police report.
Lundahl had completed 12 ½ hours of officer training.
“It was a busy month,” Lundahl said. “The mileage is higher than normal because of transports we had to do. We had a high number of disturbances.”
The monthly summary for March included one assault, one arrest, six disturbances and two missing juveniles. Three citations, two parking tickets, two fix-it tickets and ten warnings were issued.
Officers answered calls on two animal complaints, three citizen complaints and covered one accident. Officers provided two motorist assists, four outside assists, two ambulance assists and directed traffic at one funeral.
A total of 190 building checks were made and three open doors were found.
Mayor Mark Patefield complimented Lundahl on the job he has been doing.
“I have not heard any complaints,” Patefield said.
Board members reviewed the monthly report for March that had been received from Hillcrest Care Center. There were 28 residents at the nursing home and five living in the assisted living.
Hillcrest Care Center showed a profit for this month.