ZEPHYRHILLS — On Monday night, the Zephyrhills City Council accepted an offer from Central State Aggregates to buy a city-owned drainage ditch and also decided to look into charging fees for use of Krusen Field — looking to resolve a disagreement between two youth athletic leagues that want to use the facilities.
Central State Aggregates, a local mining company that produces crushed stone, bought 5.65 acres off of Chancey Road, currently being used as a drainage site for the city's sewage plant.
The company offered $25,000 for the property.
The company wanted the land because it is transferring the title of another plot to Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, so it can build a substation.
In other business, because of clashes between the Zephyrhills Police Athletic League and Zephyrhills Pasco Police Athletic League, the city once again reviewed ways to allocate time and resources at Krusen Field.
The leagues especially had problems with sharing the field's concession stand and scoreboard.
City Manager Steve Spina recommended the city come up with a fee schedule and possibly a bid system for the park.
"We're one of the few places that doesn't charge people for lights or other usage of the field," Spina said.
Spina also said with two leagues trying to use the same field, it was becoming impossible to maintain.
Council President Luis Lopez agreed the city should look into a bid system to resolve the issue. He brought up concerns that every child in both leagues has the chance to play.
The council decided to have staff members research the issue further before making a final decision.
The council reviewed a question in the upcoming citizens' survey regarding possible cuts to city departments and services and whether residents would be opposed to the idea.
The council also approved the final plat for the first phase of the Zephyr Commons commercial development, which will include a Publix and Staples and other businesses, on the condition that developers finish work on current infrastructure projects.
The development is on the east side of Highway 301 and north of Pretty Pond Road.