LOWELL | The Town Council has gone to bat for the Lowell Little League, giving it a $3,655 break on improvements at the fields it uses now.
At the same time, the council reminded its leaders of their prior commitment to fields at Freedom Park.
Jim Brooker of the Lowell Little League board told the council a new concession stand at fields the league uses at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6841 was to have tied into the post's water and sewer.
But because the league could not tap into the system where it planned, the town's $3,655 sewer connection fee would have kicked in.
Craig Earley, D-1st, council vice president, pointed out the league was investing thousands of dollars in the concession stand while holding a signed contract with the town for future fields at Freedom Park.
Public Works Director Greg Shook suggested a little "horse trading" might be in order by asking the league to terminate its contract with the town. Other organizations have expressed interest in space at the 114-acre park on the town's north side, he said.
Councilman Robert Philpot, R-2nd, who sits on the Freedom Park board, said, "Freedom Park is kind of held hostage."
After waiving the fee, the council noted the topic of the multiyear contract should be raised soon.