Whitehouse youth sports league seeks to partner with city
By KELLY GOOCHkgooch@tylerpaper.com
The Whitehouse Baseball/Softball League is asking for public input as it considers a potential partnership that one city representative said will not increase taxes and hopefully boost community activities.
The partnership agreement with the city of Whitehouse would entail the city acquiring land owned by the league and budgeting from year to year for facility improvements, Assistant City Manager Kevin Huckabee said.
In the agreement, he said the city is proposing the league continue to manage the complex and work with Whitehouse on a plan for future improvements and renovations. The complex is east of Whitehouse High School, at Farm-to-Market Road 346 and County Road 2133.
"They're managing and still we'll work with them to get a priority list from them and see what they'd like to see (there),"Huckabee said.
He said the 20-year lease agreement offered ultimately is a proactive way for the Whitehouse Baseball/Softball League and the city to enhance activities for community youth and to attract people to Whitehouse. At least 400 children participate in the spring.
"We're doing this to help out the kids. It's great for our youth and great for our city to be a part of it. We want it (the league) to continue (with its traditions)," he said.
The league is referring all questions to the city at this time.
Residents will have a chance to weigh in on the potential partnership during a public meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at the baseball fields. Residents can ask questions about league bylaws and the potential partnership with the city. Representatives with the city will be on-hand.
More information on the league is available on its website, leaguelineup.com/wbsl. Bylaws should be posted on the website by Thursday.