Small allocation could start something big

Published 6:12 pm Tuesday, May 7, 2013

In an overall 2013-2014 budget approaching $65 million, a $64,000 allocation to replace the restrooms at the Todd Maxwell baseball/softball complex in Washington may seem an insignificant amount.

It’s not.

While the Washington City Council is several weeks away from adopting the 2013-2014 budget, it appears that allocation is safe. The money will be used to improve the complex that has been used by area residents for years. Those years have taken their toll on the facilities, paid for by private money. Many a youngster learned the fundamentals of baseball or softball at the Todd Maxwell complex.

The city is doing the right thing in providing money to replace the restrooms. And the city is amenable to working with the youth leagues to possibly bring about more improvements at the complex. A partnership between the city and youth leagues could result in facilities of which the city and the youth leagues could be proud and facilities that could be better able to teach future generations of youngsters the fundamentals of batting, fielding, pitching and running the bases.