City may charge youth sports groups for utilities at City Park

The City’s Parks & Recreation Board of Directors learned Tuesday that the City may soon begin billing the Liberty Hill Youth Football & Cheer and the Liberty Hill Youth Soccer Association for water and electricity at City Park.

Board member Michael Wilson, who also serves as President of the youth football organization, said he was notified in recent days by the City that the non-profit organizations will be billed for water used from the City’s well along with electricity used to power the irrigation system and well pump.

Both organizations have a long-term lease with the City for use of the park on CR 200. The organizations use volunteer labor and funds raised from enrollment fees to maintain the facility. That includes mowing soccer and football fields, mowing common areas, providing for portable toilets and trash disposal.

No city funds were used to construct the LHYFC facility or the soccer fields.

Four new members were appointed by the Council to the Parks Board, and Tuesday’s meeting was the first since their appointments.

Clay Cole was re-elected Chairman, Wilson was elected Vice Chair and Mary Lynn Jones was elected Secretary.

Cole provided new members with a brief history of the Board’s activities to date, and reported on the goals and projects in progress.

The Board voted unanimously to change its meeting time to 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

The next scheduled meeting of the Board will be at 5 p.m. Nov. 22 at City Park.