FREEPORT SPORTS COMPLEX ALMOST TO FINAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN

City leaders are communicating with an engineering firm as it works toward creating a final development plan for a proposed athletic facility, City Manger Jeff Pynes said.

The city manager showed a conceptual design to City Council in January.

Amenities included a jogging trail, a soccer field, a recreational facility with a new gym, concession stands, tournament baseball and softball fields, batting cages, a skate park and a swimming pool.

The complex would cost about

$12 million. Officials are still choosing a site for the facility.

“Obviously something of this magnitude doesn’t happen overnight. We are taking deliberate efforts to be sure it is done right the first time and it accomplishes its intended purposes,” Pynes said.

First, the city must sell a 13.76-acre property at Riverside Park that features three baseball fields, a move approved by voters last May.

Pynes said several developers have expressed interest in the property.

COLUMBIA BLOOMS GEARING

UP FOR NATIONAL JUDGES

West Columbia and its beautification program are ready to take the first step in making the city more attractive for the America In Bloom national competition.

According to the Columbia Blooms Facebook page, program officials ordered 11 window boxes and nine planters, which should arrive by next week.

The items cost $200.

Columbia Blooms has spent more than $2,500 of its $4,000 budget, and the remaining money will go toward irrigators, steel hanging brackets, plants, soil and fertilizer, its page states.

Representatives from America In Bloom will visit West Columbia on April 27 and 28 to judge the city for the national competition.

WC COUNCIL APPROVES FINAL AGREEMENT FOR HEALTH CLINIC

West Columbia City Council approved the final reading of a grant and performance agreement paving the way for Sweeny Hospital District to operate a health clinic in West Columbia by summer.

The district entered into a four-year Chapter 380 agreement with the city and its economic development corporation that will allow them to rent and renovate two storefronts in the West Columbia Shopping Center at the intersection of highways 35 and 36.

The economic development corporation will provide $50,000 for the successful recruitment of a licensed physician and/or physician’s assistant, with 11 monthly payments of $9,090 to the hospital thereafter. Funds generated from a half-cent sales tax levied in the city will be used toward the requirement.

BRAZOSPORT REGIONAL RUNS

OUT OF BASF-DONATED DIAPERS

It took a little more than three months, but Brazosport Regional Health System has delivered 150 babies this year and has used up all the diapers donated by BASF in celebration of its 150th year globally, said Scott Briner, vice president of marketing for the hospital.

Enough diapers were donated by the corporation to give 150 diapers to each of the first 150 babies born at the hospital in celebration of the company’s milestone, BASF spokesperson Cindy Suggs had said.

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