City Manager Jerry Blaisdell said there were never any guarantees because of the uncertainty of the enrollment fees.
Director of Management and Budget Chad Janicek said the league made a payment for the lights, which went into a prior fiscal year because of the different budget years, but was rolled over. That, along with both payments for the recent fall and spring seasons, will provide enough for two years of the debt service.
Mayor Dennis Hooks said for many years, the city received nothing from the league. User fees will now go toward payment of the lights and, once those are paid off, toward the maintenance of the fields and the park, Hooks said.
“The little league now has a fund balance to help take care of the lighting,” Hooks said.
Hamilton also wanted to make sure field use was equitable between the city and all youth sports leagues.
“I would like to share the pie,” Hamilton said.
Parks and Recreation Director Danielle Felts said there had been close discussions with the Weatherford Soccer Association and Weatherford Youth Association, which operates youth football in the city. The WYA has been practicing at Cartwright Park.
“We’re trying to reach out to all our youth programs,” Felts said. “We’ve been working with the Weatherford Little League with budgeting and the adjustments we’ve made will help both the city and the league.”