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.
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.
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.