WHITMIRE — Whitmire Town Council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. July 28 at the Town Hall Annex to address concerns about the Recreation Department after hearing from Recreation Director Joe Dillard.
Dillard said the department is in the process of planning for rec football this fall and there are still items he feels the teams should have, including shoulder pads, blocking dummies and other training equipment.
The biggest concern Dillard has is that all of their games must be played in Newberry because Whitmire’s field does not have a scoreboard.
The pricetag for a scoreboard begins at $3,600 and goes up from there, Dillard said. The blocking dummies he would like to buy are about $100 each and they would need four or five.
“I’d love to play them here but we can’t without a scoreboard,” Dillard told council during Monday’s meeting.
Dillard said the National Football League will sometimes donate equipment but not without having a field ready to play, which requires a scoreboard.
“This is what it’s going to take for us to play football in Whitmire,” Dillard said.
The dugouts at the larger baseball field also need work, according to Dillard. Dillard said there needs to be a drain to divert water out of the dugout and away from the smaller field to avoid issues there.
“We would need someone out to get us a price,” Dillard said.
Vinyl is needed around the back of the dugouts, which Dillard estimated to cost $500 for each set.
In other business, Councilwoman Cassie Fowler mentioned speaking to Beth Lemasters about activities in Whitmire such as hosting a cookout with council members, community and economic development board members at the Brick House Campground. Fowler said Lemasters told her their group would provide the vans for transportation.
Council agreed to hear a report after more information is available. Mayor Billy Hollingsworth asked Dillard to make a detailed list with costs that could be looked at another time.