TWINSBURG — With some financial help from the Twinsburg Baseball League and possibly other sources, city officials will look into the possibility of constructing a new baseball field at Liberty Park.

TBL President Rich Swerbinsky approached City Council during its May 8 meeting to see if the city would be willing to consider the project, which could come to fruition in 2019.

"Participation in the last five years has really increased, creating the need for a field for younger players," said Swerbinsky. "The TBL has some financial resources it is willing to pledge toward the project."

Twinsbrug Parks-Recreation Director Derek Schroeder said the cost of a new field and the addition of parking spaces would be in the $300,000 range.

Swerbinsky said in addition to city and TBL funds, recreation grants are available, with the deadline to apply this year for a NatureWorks grant being June 1. He added some businesses also may be willing to help out.

"A new field would have a big impact on the youth of this city," he noted, adding the TBL has a field crew which could pitch in to lower the cost of construction.

Mayor Ted Yates said he would like to sit down with council reps prior to the June 1 deadline for the NatureWorks grant application to talk about the potential project. "I’ve always been in favor of expanding amenities at Liberty Park," he said.

OTHER MATTERS

Council will conduct two public hearings at its June 12 meeting at 7:30 p.m. on ordinances to rezone two properties.

One request is from Heritage Development to rezone 12.3 acres on the southwest corner of Route 82 and Chamberlin Road from C-2 commercial to R-5 residential.

The other is from John Manes, who wants to rezone 0.85-acre at 9101 Ravenna Road from R-3 residential to C-2 commercial.

According to the city charter, the rezoning request must be considered by council and read on three occasions, plus a public hearing must take place. Rezonings ultimately are decided by city residents.

The city’s planning commission has been unable to render a recommendation on the Heritage Development rezoning request, so it is being forwarded to council for consideration.

At past planning commission sessions, a Heritage spokesman said the company has not been able to successfully market the property for commercial purposes, so a housing development is being proposed.

The property is just west of Cornerstone Business Park and south of, and across, Route 82 from a parcel being developed residentially by Heritage.

As for the Ravenna Road parcel, Manes believes its unusual shape creates a hardship for a productive and usable building site, and rezoning it to commercial would adhere to the city’s master plan. The parcel is between residentially- and commercially-zoned parcels.

Meanwhile, council is considering an ordinance prohibiting family members from working in the same city department on a full-time or part-time basis. Any family member employed on the effective date of the amendment would be exempt from its provisions.

Council also is considering an ordinance which would prohibit the sale of cigarettes, cigars and tobacco products and paraphernalia to anyone under age 21.

The legislation is supported by the Summit County Combined General Health District after the Institute of Medicine concluded that raising the minimum legal age for tobacco nationwide would reduce tobacco initiation among youths 15 to 21 years old.

Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400 Ext. 4189 or klahmers@recordpub.com