At the Yucaipa City Council meeting on Jan. 13, Megan Wolfe, Director of Community Services and Fermin Preciado, Director of Development Services/City Engineer submitted a letter of understanding to the city council regarding the Yucaipa Valley National Little League as one of the items for the Consent Agenda for second reading and adoption.
On March 26, 2012, Yucaipa City Council approved a development and operations agreement with Yucaipa Valley National Little League (YVNLL) for the construction and use of the 13th Street Sports Complex Facility, which is located east of Sand Canyon Road, immediately south of Chapman Heights Road, west of 13th Street, north of Yucaipa Boulevard, and adjacent to the city of Yucaipa skateboard Park. The agreement identified the components that the city would be responsible for and the components that the YVNLL would be responsible for.
Over the years, several amendments to this agreement has been approved by city council adjusting the components of the project for which each party is responsible. The adjustments were made primarily to recognize and address the extensive volunteer efforts from the community to complete the construction of the facility as part of that year’s Make-A-Difference Day events, as well as coordinate volunteer efforts by local community and faith-based groups. Due to the group efforts, the sports complex has been open for use by YVNLL for the past few years.
On Dec. 10, 2019 city council approved an amendment to the agreement for the use of the complex which expired on Dec. 31, 2019. Following the city council meeting, new members were elected to the YVNLL board. The new board members did not feel they could complete the improvements as written by the previous board which stated that the YVNLL would complete the concrete work associated with the construction of the parking lot. The new board requested the city of Yucaipa complete the concrete work and the YVNLL would make payments over a set amount of years until the project was paid in full.
A new agreement was signed between the city of Yucaipa and Matthew Hill, President of the YVNLL on Jan. 21, whereas the YVNLL proposed that the city complete all construction for the 13th Street Sports Complex parking lot. YVNLL will pay the amount of $90,000 to the city for the up front costs to purchase and install the concrete curb and gutter, sidewalk, driveway approach, and retaining block wall for the 13th Street Sports Complex parking lot. In addition, the city will grade and pave the parking lot at an estimated cost of $219,800. Yucaipa Valley National Little League will reimburse the city a minimum of $10,000 annually until the total amount has been paid in full. This agreement is set to expire in 2032 and allows YVNLL to be held to the same standards as all other organizations within the community that utilize city owned facilities.
Hill thanked the city council and city for “trying to get this improvement done on 13th Street. We are really looking forward to the completion of the parking lot and what is being planned. To be honest, I can’t be happier as there is no way we could have done this by ourselves. I just want to say thank you from me, my parents and my board. I grew up in this city playing Yucaipa baseball … and my little son plays ball now so this means a lot. Thank you very much.”
Council member Denise Allen moved the consent items be accepted, Council member Bobby Duncan seconded the motion. All were in favor and items passed.
Supporting documents are available for public view on the city of Yucaipa website at yucaipa.org.