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Intelligencer Journal/New Era (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)
Robyn Meadows

Manheim Central Little League coaches can prepare their own baseball fields - at no charge - Penn Township supervisors said on Feb. 24.

Two weeks ago, Ed Yohn, the vice president of the Manheim Central Little League, petitioned the supervisors to eliminate the cost associated with preparing the baseball fields before play.

The two Penn Township fields in play are Cedar Hollow Park and Sweetbriar Creek.

"As far as field prep fees, we are not going to charge anybody. But they need to be taken care of. We feel confident that you know how to take care of your fields," supervisor Ronald Krause said.

The Manheim Athletic Association charged the league $45 for field prep fees. The MAA website says it provides sports programs such as football, softball and cheerleading in Manheim Borough, Penn Township and Rapho Township.

Yohn told the supervisors two weeks ago the association was keeping a cut of the prep fees for itself.

The league can't afford that.

Manheim Central Little League wants to keep its registration fees low, so kids can keep playing ball, he said.

Yohn is also speaking with other municipalities and school officials about the issue.

"If they want to prep their own fields, we are fine with that," said Katie Tragis, president of the MAA.

In other business, supervisors approved amending the building code for residential properties. If township residents want to finish their basements, they will need a permit. The purpose of the amendment is to prevent shoddy workmanship from being passed on to future homeowners, said Harry Smith, building and zoning compliance officer.


March 5, 2014




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