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Council decision on ball field lighting postponed

Lights will go on different field

The Chino Valley Town Council voted Aug. 14 to suspend talks about more lighting at the Chino Valley Community Park until next month. (Review Stock image)

The Chino Valley Town Council voted Aug. 14 to suspend talks about more lighting at the Chino Valley Community Park until next month. (Review Stock image)

While there will be more lighting at the ball fields in Chino Valley’s Community Center Park, the Chino Valley Town Council voted Tuesday, Aug. 14, to suspend the matter until a future council meeting..

Originally, the field set to get the new lights was the ball field on the southeast corner of the recreation center, said Community Services Director Scott Bruner. However, Councilman Mike Best discovered that the southeast field was not accommodating to one of the user groups the council discussed at its retreat earlier this year.

“Lighting another little league ball field is a wonderful thing. What we were looking for was accommodating another user group which was men’s softball and women’s fast pitch,” Bruner said. “Lighting that southeast field does not accommodate this group. Lighting that southwest field does.”

The matter was unanimously tabled and will return at a Chino Valley Town Council meeting in September.

The town had set aside about $300,000 for the ball field lighting, a project put on the town’s five-year plan, set aside for when the money to pay for them was available in the future, said Finance Director Joe Duffy back in May. The money to pay for the lighting comes from construction related revenues generated during the previous fiscal year.

Other items paid for with this money include new restrooms in Memory Park, sewer line maintenance, and cameras for the town’s police officers that is also tied to an additional annual expense.

“It’s a one-time thing where we spend about $46,000 up front to get all the cameras … We also have an annual expense keeping all the data in the cloud,” Duffy said. “You’ve got officers running around with cameras, there’s a lot of data that has to be saved.”