The work began on Friday, with crews from the City of Cadiz’ Public Works Division arriving at the scene to remove rotten siding from wooden buildings, dugouts, concession stands and media towers. City workers used a pressure hose to blast debris from the sides of brick buildings. Radford said that the city donated time, which it would bill as “in-kind” work towards a 50/50 Land and Water matching grant. Radford said the grant, with matched funds, would total $17,040.
Lucy Oliver, of the County Judge/Executive’s office said that to gain the grant, the county must provide half the funds in cash or service in kind.
“The grant will be used for playgrounds, fencing and ball fields. We are applying for one on April but the state does not award them until mid-summer,” said Radford. “We’re in competition with other counties. In addition to the ‘in-kind’ contributions, we are asking several businesses and clubs to support our efforts.”
Radford said that several local businesses contributed materials for the cleanup. Fourshee Building and Supply donated lumber and siding to replace weathered wood on the 25-year-old buildings. Cadiz Hardware contributed paint. Magistrate and Recreation Committee Chairman Kevin Terrell added that Daniel Hale contributed wooden crossties to build borders for playground areas.
After a city workday on Friday, and a workday for the general public on Saturday, Radford reported that several buildings had siding replaced and some were painted. Crews made repairs to playground equipment. Landscape work included weed eating and leaf raking. Work began on a new peewee baseball field with crews leveling the field with a grader and bulldozer in time for the summer youth baseball season.
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