Law & Policy: Civil Actions
- Advocates Push for State Aid for Minnesota United FC
by Christopher Aadland May 2016
The Minnesota United FC ownership group wants to spend $150 million to build a new 20,000-seat stadium near University and Snelling avenues in St. Paul. Advocates for the proposal are seeking legislative approval to continue the property tax exemption for the 12-acre stadium site, which had previously served as a storage barn for Metro Transit buses. They are also seeking a sales tax exemption on construction materials and a liquor license for the new stadium.
- City, Youth Sports Association Mull Contract Details
by Katie Ward May 2016
The working relationship between the city of Ringgold and the independent Ringgold Youth Sports Association is a mutually beneficial one, officials say. In an attempt to keep it that way, the suggested addition of a $10 "participation fee" for each young player -- which would be used by the city to help cover the costs of mowing the soccer field used by RYSA -- has been deferred. The City Council and RYSA plan to discuss the issue again in August, before signing a new contract.
- Park District to Request $5M for Improvements, Land
by Katlyn Smith May 2016
Glen Ellyn Park District may ask voters to approve a roughly $5 million borrowing plan that could pay for acquiring land and improvements at its existing sites. Commissioners will meet later this summer to discuss whether to pay off tax-backed loans as scheduled in 2017, or to extend the life of the debt for another five years. The latter proposal would not increase property taxes in the district, but taxpayers also would not see their bills decrease as much as if the debt came off the district's books.
- County Hopes Sports Complex Will Bring Tourism Dollars
by Jason Scott May 2016
Unlike its neighboring Florida counties, Seminole County does not have a theme park to draw tourists, but come Friday, when the ribbon is cut on a $27 million sports complex, the county can tap into another lucrative form of tourism – sports tourism.
- Voters Approve 12,000-Seat HS Football Stadium
by AB Staff May 2016
Voters in a North Texas school district have approved a bond issue that includes $50 million to build a 12,000-seat high school football stadium. Saturday’s vote came on a $220 million bond issue for the McKinney Independent School District, which is about 20 miles north of Dallas. More than $11 million left from a 2000 bond election in the district will help fund site preparation, infrastructure upgrades and other work. McKinney had just one high school in 1962 when the district built its current 7,000-seat stadium. The districtnow has more than 24,500 students.
- Town May Step In to Save Powder-Puff Game
by Joe Capozzi and Sonja Isger May 2016
If Jupiter town leaders get their way, the annual tackle powder-puff game at Jupiter High School will be played this year, after all. Reacting to community outcry about the school principal's decision to sack the game because of safety concerns for the girls, town officials are working on a plan to continue the 50-year tradition without interruption. The junior versus senior girls' football game, which boosters say is the last tackle powder-puff game in the country, would still be played under the lights on the high school field, but with one difference: The town would host the event as a town function, essentially freeing the school district of liability.
- Council to Consider $21M Baseball Complex
by Dan McKay May 2016
City Council President Dan Lewis has watched plenty of Albuquerque families travel to baseball tournaments in Arizona, Colorado and Texas. But a $21 million project going before city councilors this month aims to reverse that practice. The council is discussing whether to set aside money in next year's operating budget to help build a complex of five baseball and softball fields on the West Side, near the new Albuquerque Public Schools football stadium. The goal is to draw "baseball families" to New Mexico for tournaments and offer a competitive place to play for local teams.
- Commission Plan Calls for $15M in Recreation Upgrades
by William Kelly May 2016
The plan calls for a new, larger building with more facilities, a larger playground and expanded parking. Tennis facilities would be upgraded, and the soccer field would be moved 40 feet to the west of the property to accommodate the parking expansion.
- Board Approves Funds for Athletic Facility
by Thomas Doohan May 2016
Progress continues with Norwayne's multipurpose athletic facility, with board members approving payments for two remaining elements. The payments were made to ERS for radiant panel insulation and H&H for low energy, high output lighting. Both elements are being paid for by the Romich Foundation in the amount, respectively, of $9,218 and $6,237.60.
- Soccer Boom Leaves County Searching for Space
by Charmaine Smith-Miles May 2016
Gary Greenwood, president of the Clemson-Anderson Soccer Alliance, told the Anderson County Council at its Tuesday meeting Anderson County is running out of space for children to play soccer as the sport is exploding in popularity here and across the nation.