Batter Up!

It will be “batter up!” time this spring for the children of Hennepin due to the actions of the Hennepin Village Board and its new baseball and softball coordinator Steve Staley.

The board approved Staley’s proposed budget of $10,950 for the upcoming baseball and softball season. This budget will include the cost of hiring officials and diamond maintenance among other items in the budget. The board discussed the need for a committee to oversee the program and appointed village trustee Quentin Buffington to serve as liaison for the board.

Staley also bought to the board’s attention the need for electricity to be turned on for the field and bathroom facilities, as well as some low hanging tree branches that need to be trimmed. Mayor Kevin Coleman said he had already contacted Mattingly Tree Service about the tree limbs. Coleman also asked village employee Tim Rylko to turn on electricity to the field facilities.

Discussion was also held on possible improvements in several village sidewalks. Due to potential costs involved, the board agreed to instruct Rylko to work on select areas where tree roots have buckled sidewalks. They also agreed the plan to add sidewalks in Bassi Memorial Park should have priority this year. The board is expected to vote on approval of funds to act on this project in the April board meeting.

Colors for Arie coordinator Carol Miller reported the date for the annual walk has been set for Saturday, May 23. Community Partners Against Substance Abuse (CPASA) will handle the registration and T-shirt table on the day of the event. Miller has asked the community for volunteers to man color stations throughout the walk/run route. Coleman and the board assured Miller he event had its full support. The run has been held in honor of Miller’s daughter, Arie Boggio.

In other business the board made its annual donations to the Putnam County Rotary Afterglow ($300), the Putnam County Community Center ($150) and the Marshall-Putnam Fair Queen Pageant ($100).

The board reviewed a suggested proposal by trustee Matt Dean on a potential grant program to help area business improve the facades of their buildings. The proposed program would allow matching funds up to a select amount to be used. The proposal will be reviewed in more detail at the April board meeting.

Coleman also asked village residents to contact the board or anyone connected with updating the Veterans Monument in Walter Durley Boyle Park. The group needs names of area veterans who served in wars on the following dates: Aug. 2, 1990, to present;Dec. 20, 1989, to Jan. 31, 1990; Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984; Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975; and June 25, 1950, to Jan. 31, 1955. Names can be emailed to

Source: Putnam County Record