Recreation Department Director Mike Calvert approached Commissioner Benji Langley with a request for the commission to purchase two scoreboards, one for each baseball field. Ranburne would handle the installation and wiring, Calvert said.
Langley brought the request to the commission Monday during a work session. The two scoreboards would cost approximately $7,200, Langley said.
The scoreboards currently on the fields are more than 20 years old, Calvert said.
“One won’t work at all and one works about halfway,” Calvert said.
The old scoreboards were provided by Coca-Cola in exchange for the department purchasing Coke products, he said. But the soft drink manufacturer will no longer service them, Calvert said.
Langley said the county has tobacco tax money that is collected for economic development and recreation. He believes the scoreboards would be a good use of that money. The Recreation Department has around 200 children signed up to play baseball, Langley noted.
“To me anything that many kids are involved in is important,” Langley said.
At the work session on Monday, Commissioners Emmett Owen and Laura Cobb suggested the town ask Coca-Cola or Pepsi-Cola to pay for replacement scoreboards.
Calvert said he hasn’t asked the companies, but he believes the volume of product the department buys isn’t enough to entice the companies to purchase the new signs.
Langley said Wednesday he would check with the company before the Jan. 21 commission meeting to be sure.
“If they’d pay for it, we’ll save our money and use it for another project,” Langely said.
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