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Field of Dreams committee members have brief meeting

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By Andrew Harner

The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee had a brief meeting on Tuesday to discuss a few items of business.

•The committee has received a grant for $3,900 to install a concrete floor in the hitting shed between the high school fields.

All of the materials will be purchased with the grant money.

The dirt that will be dug out of areas in the hitting shed will be moved to the area between the softball backstop and the road, where flooding occurs when it rains.

Work will likely begin on that project in the middle of July after the legion season has ended.

•Because the committee will already be dealing with concrete at that time, it will install brick pavers then.

The pavers began being sold last year, and purchase forms are available at the concession stand at high school baseball and softball games.

•The committee approved a motion to make its annual loan payment of $6,000 as soon as possible.

Committee members said they hope to have the loan paid off before the final payment is due, so they can begin using that money to improve other diamonds in town.

•The committee's next meeting will be on May 7 after the Vandalia baseball game against Marquette Catholic at the high school baseball field.

If the game is canceled by rain, the committee will meet at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

Members encourage anyone interested in helping maintain any of the fields in town to attend their public meetings.