PASCO -- Pasco may try to trade in four tired soccer fields for eight new ones.
The city council considered Tuesday night a proposal to seek a state grant for half of the $744,000 needed for a new east Pasco soccer complex.
The new fields south of the Tri-Cities Airport and east of Sun Willows Golf Course would replace the Road 36 soccer facility, said City Manager Gary Crutchfield.
The city has a no-cost lease for the Road 36 soccer complex with the Port of Pasco and would have a similar agreement for the new complex, said Rick Terway, city administrative and community services director.
The city would need to come up with $372,000 to match the grant, which Terway said could come from other grant money and city funds.
But Councilman Al Yenney said he was concerned about depending on city general fund dollars considering the city's tight budget. And Councilman Bob Hoffmann said the city would need to reprioritize another project to build the complex in 2011.
The council decided to wait until July 19 to decide on the proposal.
Also Tuesday, the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission made another plea for the city to limit the effects of the Lewis Street overpass project.
The city plans to purchase the properties between Second and Tacoma avenues and Clark and Lewis streets for the $31 million overpass.
Byron Brooks, mission men's services director, asked the council to consider giving the mission a conditional permit to operate its warehouse and maintenance building if needed. The mission owns two buildings east of Second Avenue that mission officials have said are vital to its ability to serve the needy.
The city will hold a July 20 meeting to update affected property owners on the process, said Stan Strebel, assistant city manager.
Then the council will consider a list of properties needed for the project, which would allow the city manager to begin purchasing properties.
The council also will have a layout of the overpass' footprint in late July or early August, Crutchfield said.
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