Handicapped restrooms at a new special needs ballfield in Fairview Heights are one step closer to being built.
The Caseyville Township Sewer District has approved waiver of the fees associated with connecting to the sewer line, said Fairview Heights Alderwoman Linda Arnold. Arnold had previously requested the district consider waiving the tap-in fees for the restrooms at Moody Park. Arnold is now working with Ameren Illinois to try to waive the electric connection fees required by that company, she said.
The Miracle League ball field was built this fall at a cost of $350,000. None of the funds used for the fields were public funds, by the driving force behind the project, Brenda Wagner. While handicapped restrooms and a concession stand are in the future plans for the ballfield, not enough funds had yet been raised to build both the fields and the facilities.
The field is specially designed for handicapped users with a rubberized surface with bases flush to the surface. It was completed in October.
In November two local businessmen, Mark Hendricks of Impact Strategies and Dave Dillow of Woolpert, offered their services to build the restrooms at the park for the ballfield.
Construction on the restrooms has not yet begun.