Council members faced tough opposition to the unexpected resolution that, if passed, would create a financial burden for the area's youth leagues.
A resolution to implement fees for the use of village-owned baseball and softball fields in Waverly has been tabled after an uproar from members of the community and the youth leagues that use of the fields.
The resolution, introduced at Tuesday's Village Council meeting, proposed an annual fee of $160 per team for the right to play games and practice on village-owned fields. It also required at $250 per field per day fee for tournament play.
Kymn Davis of the Waverly Girls Youth League said passage of the resolution would cost the league several thousand dollars more per year to run their games.
"If this measure were to pass we would have to increase our fees and we could do that one of two ways. We could increase our fees to the girls who play softball and we would have to increase them from $30 to $60 in order to cover their fees. Our other option would be to increase our business sponsorships," Davis said.
Businesses are currently charged a sponsorship fee of $275.
"They would have to be charged $600 to sponsor a team, which in this economy, our businesses can’t afford that, and our girls cannot afford that," Davis said.
Forest Blakeman opposed the legislation and called on council to table the resolution until he could further review the proposed fees. As Chair of the village's recreation committee, Blakeman was frustrated that his committee had not been notified of the proposed fees.
"Nobody said anything to me; I was very perturbed about it. This town has been up in a roar for four or five days over this. The parents are mad over this and it's all over nothing. It never should have happened," Blakeman said.
Blakeman says while the resolution is tabled he will look into what the village's expenses are for providing upkeep for the fields.
"I intend to thoroughly look this over and will be coming back with a recommendation on it," Blakeman said.
The village does not currently charge the leagues for use of the fields as the leagues already pay for much to the maintenance including the purchase of fill-dirt and various equipment needed to play their games.