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Board votes to tear grandstands down

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Brazil City Park Board voted unanimously Tuesday to tear down the grandstands at Roy Brann Stadium, which were not up to code. Times Staff File Photo. [Order this photo]
They're coming down.

On Tuesday, the Brazil City Park Board voted unanimously to allow the Clay Youth League (CYL) to tear down the Grandstands at Roy Brann Stadium.

CYL President Shane Glassburn met with the board Tuesday to discuss what both organizations could do with the stands.

Ruthann Jeffries
Park Board President Ruthann Jeffries explained to Glassburn that their insurance provider had informed them that if both parties elected to bring the stands up to code, they would have to be properly secured so no one could use them.

However, if the stands could not be properly secured, insurance providers told park board representatives that games might not be played at the Babe Ruth Field. In addition, insurers have told the Park Board they would not insure the stands until they were properly brought up to code.

Jeffries said she has been in contact with insurance providers who stated the stands were not up to current code and had to go under a complete makeover, which could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Shane Glassburn
"I just don't want to see these kids suffer," Glassburn said. "And I don't want to see the kids get hurt. I don't want to tear it down, but we need to make a decision and we need to do it promptly."

Glassburn added signups for the 2011 baseball season are scheduled to begin in February.

Glassburn told the board the CYL board conducted a meeting recently to discuss the issue. He said the board overwhelmingly agreed if the stands were unsafe and the cost was too high, perhaps the best thing to do was to tear them down.

"This generation could benefit more with that money then fixing the grandstand," he said. "But I know that grandstand is very sentimental to a lot of people. I don't have the history. But I've talked to people and that was part of their history."

Glassburn said the stands were used, but seldom. He added he brought the issue up a few months ago in the interest of child safety.

"My thing is the safety of the children that come in that ball park," he said.

Board Vice President Todd Brackman said he has spoken with several residents regarding the stands and the majority said perhaps they should be torn down.

However, board members agreed they would like to preserve the back of the stands, which has "Roy Brann Stadium," painted on it.

Glassburn said during the CYL meeting, it was discussed that volunteers could help with tearing down the stands.

Park Board members explained to Glassburn part of the dilemma was cost, stating they did not have the necessary funds to hire someone to tear down the structure.

Glassburn said if there were any costs, the CYL would pick them up.

Jeffries said she was "OK" with tearing down the stands as long as the back could be salvaged.

She then motioned to allow CYL officials to dismantle the stands and pick up the cost, with Caroline McCullough providing the second. The motion included if donors, anonymous or otherwise, came forward and provided the money to repair the stands, they might not be torn down.

During discussion prior to a vote, board member Linda Messmer said while she understood why the stands had to be dismantled, she didn't necessarily agree with it.

"I don't want this torn down," she said. "But I'm a realist. I don't see anything else we can do."

Meanwhile, Messmer also explained the board had more operating capital than originally believed.

She said she estimated the board would have close to $7,000 in capital heading into this year. However, after receiving more tax revenue than expected, she said the board was approximately $26,000 in the black; money which the board has been told should roll over.

"I could not be more pleased," Jeffries said.

In other business, the board:

* Elected its 2011 officers. Jeffries will remain president and Brackman will be vice president. In addition, McCullough will serve as secretary and Messmer will remain treasurer, and

* Approved a review of its mowing specs and will begin the bidding process in the future.

The Park Board meets regularly on the second Tuesday of each month at Brazil City Hall. Its next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8.

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-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Thu, Jan 13, 2011, at 6:37 AM

The grandstand has always been a landmark, in the park for my entire life. I've spent many a time in those grandstands watching games of all levels, including many High School State Tournament games all the way to the Regional level.

So yes, I hate to see this piece of local history come down. And yet, to spend "hundreds of thousands of dollars" to bring it up to code in this day and age of restricted budgets just doesn't quite make sense.

Just a question for anyone who might know...why are the stands at the Northview High School football field and gymnasium allowed to not be at current codes? I thought that all stands now had to have hand rails in the aisles. I know that just about everywhere else I go has stands with handrails. My guess is that maybe they have been "grandfathered" in, but isn't there a limit on that?

But I digress...I will miss the old grandstand but understand the position the park board and CYL are in. And short of someone donating a large sum of money, I don't see any other decision they could have made.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Thu, Jan 13, 2011, at 7:43 AM

It would seem to me that if a structure has been sufficient for all these years without falling down that maybe all of these "codes" we live by need revising. I have no history with the stands, other than as a spectator in the last 10 years or so, but I have a hard time swallowing the fact that the true power in this world lies in the hands of the insurance companies.

-- Posted by almostfootballfree on Thu, Jan 13, 2011, at 9:16 AM

Very good post CCG. Thanks.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Thu, Jan 13, 2011, at 11:15 AM

Does anyone know exactly when they will be torn down? I want to get some good pictures of 'em. I'd advise anyone else who cares to take some- maybe between all of us, we can get some good ones...

-- Posted by gratefoole on Thu, Jan 13, 2011, at 11:57 AM

Is this the same stadium that was there when there was a race track at the park? I am not talking bout the go cart track. There use to be a dirt track there. I was told this about 20yrs ago from a old man who said he use to race there. There are pics of a dirt track and a stadium that looks just like the current one. You can find the pics online too.

-- Posted by MS440 on Thu, Jan 13, 2011, at 2:31 PM

Just out of curiosity has anyone ever been seriously

hurt on them?

-- Posted by localgal on Thu, Jan 13, 2011, at 4:16 PM

Clay County guy. I don't believe hand rails on the steps are part of the code. I have had balcony seats at Assembly Hall for years and they do not have handrails on the aisles,

-- Posted by patriotgames on Thu, Jan 13, 2011, at 6:46 PM

I wonder if the "hundreds of thousands of dollars" is an actually professional estimate?

-- Posted by seventyx7 on Thu, Jan 13, 2011, at 6:53 PM

How about removing the "guts", seats et al, but leave the walls and roof. Later a set of metal bleachers could be slid in and have shelter.

-- Posted by reddevil on Sun, Jan 16, 2011, at 9:00 AM

will it be standing room only then?

-- Posted by almostfootballfree on Thu, Jan 20, 2011, at 12:13 PM

I know several contractors (one who could use some work right now) who might be willing to take on this job locally. It d*mn sure wouldn't cost "hundreds of thousands" of dollars to bring up to code.

Geez .. were any of the local contractors even considered for this job?? Did anyone ask Timberland to donate some material? What about some of the National Guardsmen??

I'm very sad to see it go, if that happens .. and will be more than willing to share photos before it goes. :*( My boys grew up playing baseball at that park and I sat many a days and evenings on those stands.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Jan 20, 2011, at 10:28 PM

There's a man in Bridgeton who built a whole bridge with donated timber and time. Did anyone think of maybe contacting him and checking it out?

-- Posted by Worm on Mon, Jan 31, 2011, at 8:43 PM

It will be sad to see the old grandstand go down. Thank you for keeping the painted sign. Roy Brann was my great uncle and it would be a tribute to him to keep the new grandstand's name in his honor.

-- Posted by twheat on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 2:24 PM

It will be sad to see the old grandstand go down. Thank you for keeping the painted sign. Roy Brann was my great uncle and it would be a tribute to him to keep the new grandstand's name in his honor.

-- Posted by twheat on Tue, Apr 12, 2011, at 2:25 PM

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