by Terry Rogers
On January 28, 2019, a water pipe burst in the Milford Little League concession stand, allowing more than 100,000 gallons of water to pour into the building. The ceiling of the building collapsed and there was significant water damage throughout the stand. Since Little League is insured by the national organization, the estimated $20,000 in damage was not covered.
“Pro Clean Restoration donated services for the immediate cleanup of water before mold sets in,” Lance Skinner, fundraising manager of Milford Little League said. “The rebuilding of the interior had to be done next. We set up a GoFundMe to help raise money for the repairs and collected almost $1,500 toward the repairs. If we were able to get any funds from insurance, the money collected would be used for necessary upgrades in the park.”
Skinner and Scott Willey, who is also on the board of Milford Little League, appealed to Milford City Council on Monday, March 11, requesting a waiver of the water bill that was generated due to the broken pipes. Two bills, one for $538.52 and another for $916.96. Council agreed to waive the two bills in this instance. Skinner explained to Council that the person who was handling maintenance of the buildings retired and checking after a cold snap was inadvertently overlooked. They have put steps in place to be sure it does not happen again.
However, this still left the job of repairing the concession stand with minimal funds. Brendon Warfel Construction and Bay Pro Builders stepped up to perform the necessary repairs. In addition, Hertrich, Burris Logistics, I.G. Burton and many other local businesses gave generous donations that allowed volunteers to make the necessary repairs.
The efforts of the volunteers as well as the generosity of businesses and individuals in the Milford community will mean the concession stand will be open for business on Opening Day, planned for Saturday, April 13. The annual Little League Parade will be held on on Friday, April 12 as families walk through Downtown Milford to the ballpark.
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