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Bethlehem supervisor candidate pitches sporting council

DiMaggio says more can be done to support youth sports

The Bethlehem Mickey Mantle-Braves Travel Baseball Club is seeking approval from the town to make drainage repairs at Field No.5 at Elm Avenue Park, while the town believes more time is needed to evaluate the proposal.

The Bethlehem Mickey Mantle-Braves Travel Baseball Club is seeking approval from the town to make drainage repairs at Field No.5 at Elm Avenue Park, while the town believes more time is needed to evaluate the proposal.

— Supervisor John Clarkson said he thought things had gone well when it came to the negotiations with Bethlehem Mickey Mantle.

“Bethlehem Mickey Mantle is not unlike many of the other sports groups using town facilities,” he said. “Our engineers provided advice with how to proceed, but we understand it was a halfway option because it wasn’t exactly what they wanted to do. We’ll have to wait and see if it works for sure next year.”

Peterson, however, said he was not satisfied with how the issue was dealt with and said difficulties began long before the current administration came into office.

“Saturdays, it’s bumper to bumper cars in town because of people going to youth sports,” he said. “There’s so much traffic, there’s no place to put the cars. A little coordination between us and the town would make the whole effort a lot better.”

Clarkson said his feeling on the council would depend on the details of what DiMaggio is proposing.

“I think those are questions for the organizations themselves,” said Clarkson. “I have had talks with them and think more integration would help, but sometimes they want to do it and sometimes they don’t.”

DiMaggio said he would like to pursue the idea even if he isn’t elected in November.

“I’ve always said, sports keep kids out of courts, and I would be happy to help,” he said. “I think (youth sports) provide a great service. It’s just one more way of supporting the business community.”

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