Ripken park on Pigeon Forge agenda

Feb. 11, 2013 @ 12:15 AM

When the city commission meets today, it will consider a measure related to a long-discussed baseball project on a 50-acre tract near Teaster Lane. The project, a Little League tournament facility, is associated with baseball great Cal Ripken.

The measure would establish an agreement between the city and Ripken Management and Design, LLC. The city would commit up to $125,000 toward "pre-development services," in the words of the meeting agenda. The purpose of the agreement is to determine the project's cost.

"This is the first step," said Mayor David Wear. The Ripken company will consider "excavation, site plan, field layout, types of surfaces and parking lots so we can get a good, hard price on that venture."

Wear hopes the Ripken project will open in summer 2014. "We are very excited about this," he said.

In other business, the commission will consider:

- Second reading of an ordinance to annex property in Wear Farm City Park

- Second reading of an ordinance amending the fiscal year 2012-2013 budget

- A resolution adopting a plan of services for Wear Farm City Park

- Street light maintenance materials

- A construction change order for Wear Farm City Park

- A proposal for a concession drink provider at Wear Farm City Park

- Sixty-eight Glock pistols for the Police Department

- Eight body cameras for the Police Department

kburns@themountainpress.com