HILLSBORO — During OregonLive.com's live chat about Hillsboro’s baseball effort, Mayor Jerry Willey announced the Yakima Bears minor league team has agreed to the city’s terms.
“The team and the (Northwest) League have approved the term sheet and all aspects of this project are moving forward,” Willey said at about noon in Tuesday’s online chat. “We don't foresee any issues to progressing to our ultimate goal of playing baseball in June 2013.”
The 20-year offer sheet was approved unanimously by the city on June 5 and the team and league approved it -- without changes -- on June 8, according to city spokeswoman Mary Loftin.
The term sheet’s full approval paves the way for the city's lawyers to draft a lease agreement, which will be unveiled and up for approval by the City Council at a meeting on June 26.
During the live chat, Willey also announced that Hillsboro would definitely be in the team’s name.
Calls made to the Northwest League and Yakima Bears organizations were not immediately returned.