Tooele High School may soon have a baseball field to call its own.
Tooele City Hall has proposed to sell the Dow James Baseball Field to the Tooele County School District for $1.07 million.
The proposed sale is the subject of a public hearing during Wednesday night’s City Council meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 90 N. Main Street.
During an interview Monday, Tooele City Mayor Debbie Winn said the asking price was mutually agreed upon between the City and school district after a series of meetings over the past three months.
She said the reason the city is interested in selling Dow James to the school district is because the district wants a baseball field for Tooele High and the school’s boy’s baseball team is the only user of the field.
Winn also noted Tooele High is land locked and there isn’t any room at the school to build a new baseball field.
She said the city has allowed the team to use Dow James for free. The cost to maintain the field is approximately $15,000 to $20,000 per year, she said. Part of that amount includes around $5,000 for extra maintenance during the spring when the team is intensely using the field for practices and games.
“It [the sale] is going to be a good thing for the city, for the school and it will be awesome for the kids,” Winn said. “It will benefit the school and benefit the residents. We will be able to use those funds for other parks or recreation.”
The mayor said proceeds from the sale would go into the city’s Parks and Recreation budget. How the money will be used for parks and recreation has not yet been determined, she said.
The field is located at 400 N. 435 West inside the city’s Dow James Recreation Complex and next to the Dow James Building.
Last year, the city spent $179,000 to install a new irrigation system and concessions building/restroom at the field, with the school district paying for half of the project.
According to Resolution 2019-06, which surpluses the baseball field property and approves its sale to the school district, the “city desires to eliminate the general fund costs of maintaining the field and its associated irrigation system and buildings…”
If the City Council approves the resolution Wednesday night after the public hearing, it is agreeing to terminate the school district’s commitment to pay $133,210 toward the new irrigation system and concession/restroom building, according to the resolution.
The Tooele County School Board is anticipated to review the city’s resolution and proposed sale during its business meeting on Jan. 22. That meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the school district’s office, 92 Lodestone Way, Tooele.
Marie Denson, communications director for the school district, confirmed that the city and district are negotiating for the sale of Dow James to give Tooele High School’s boys baseball team a home field it can call its own.
Tooele County School District Superintendent Scott Rogers said, “We have been working with Tooele City regarding the Dow James baseball field with the possibility of Tooele City selling it to Tooele County School District.
“It would give Tooele High School a permanent field to practice and play on,” he said. “We are still in negotiations and will move forward after the Tooele City Council and Board of Education approves. We will know more toward the end of this month.”
The Dow James Baseball Field was designed by the late Coach Angelo Cerroni of Tooele more than 35 years ago, and was used for years by American Legion Baseball. It was formerly known as the American Legion baseball field and the Tooele Old Timers baseball field, according to the resolution.