Woodward city commissioners on Monday discussed the possibility of contracting with an independent professional league to bring a baseball team to Woodward.
"The Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs has made an initial approach to the City of Woodward about the possibility of locating a team here," City Manager Alan Riffel said. "An official representative from the league met with me last week about the league’s desire to expand by two teams to a total of 12, and was exploring the possibility of Woodward becoming one the cities. "
Riffel said the representative clearly stated that it was the intrigue of Fuller Park that attracted the league to look at Woodward, saying it would be the finest park the league would offer.
Riffel made his comments during his report after the completion of a light agenda for the City of Woodward portion of the meeting Monday night.
According to Riffel, the Pecos League is an independent professional baseball league, with teams in West Texas, New Mexico, Southeast Arizona, and Southern Colorado. The players are 25 years and younger who are seeking to improve their skills and get picked up by larger professional clubs. The league owns all of the clubs, hires all of the players, managers, staff, and umpires.
“I don’t know if there is enough time to work out all the details for this year, because they have to announce the league schedule by November 11th," Riffel said. "The main issues that we would face involve housing of both local players and visiting teams, along with other factors like advertising and such. But, it is an exciting possibility that we are pursuing to determine what might be worked out for Woodward because we really want to deliver top-notch events of all types.
"It’s rewarding to know that Fuller Park is getting unsolicited attention. There is no doubt the Pecos League is impressed by Woodward, even on their first trip to Oklahoma."
In regular business on the agenda, commissioners approved the use of the parking lot on the corner of 9th and Texas for the Oklahoma Veterans Affairs office to use for a program called "Mobile Vet."
The Mobile Vet program is set to begin at 9 a.m. Friday morning until 5 p.m. The program will offer veterans assistance in all matters related to their care or questions related to the VA, said Outreach Director William Brown.
In other business, trustees with the Woodward Municipal Authority approved Resolution 2014-15 authorizing the Chairman to sign applications and other documents related to "Water for 2060 Drought Grant."
The Water for 2060 Drought Grant is a $5 million state grant program aimed at helping communities install certain technologies to reduce water usage, RIffel said.
Woodward is slated to apply for $200,000 of grant funding.