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Posted on: January 28, 2014

[ARCHIVED] City Manager Jeff Bishop releases statement on maintenance of city sports fields

The City of Miami is committed to its responsibility of maintenance of the various baseball and softball fields but is seeking public input as to how to improve strategies to handle maintenance of the complexes.

There was short-lived consideration given to a proposal to lease the fields to area leagues in an effort to minimize labor costs and stretch manpower while providing quality control to the various users of the facilities. However, scrutiny of the proposed lease agreements led city administration to the conclusion that the effort did not clearly define a true benefit to either the city or the leagues. This policy was not adopted and is no longer under consideration for the near-term.

City staff desires to enter into productive dialogue with concerned parties regarding the best long-term approach to maintenance. There is no question as to the importance of maintenance. The city seeks to display pride in ownership of its facilities and expects citizens to desire the same. The path forward will include the discussion of mutually beneficial options with ample opportunity for all stakeholders to participate. Specific notice for the start of these discussions will be widely circulated at the appropriate time. Please check back at the city’s website www.miamiokla.net or on the city’s social media outlets for more information as it becomes available.

As the season approaches, the city asks that public input regarding the maintenance of city fields and parks be directed to the Public Works Director, Joe Waldon at 918-542-6384. Thank you for your patronage.

Jeffrey Bishop, CCIM, RPA, FMA
City Manager
City of Miami

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