The Cochrane Minor Ball (CMB) storage issue has been resolved.
On Nov. 25, town council approved a $35,000 capital budget to construct a 16' x 30' storage shed in 2020 for minor ball at the Matt Krol Park, located on Riverview Cir.
The project still needs to go through the development application process. If approved, a suitable storage shed will be purchased and located in the park.
In turn, the minor ball will enter into a 10-year lease at a rate of $5 per sq. ft.
Gerry Murphy, the town's senior manager of community services, says payback on the unit is about 15 years.
Minor ball president Corey O'How is pleased with the solution to their storage issue.
"We have more equipment, so locating the storage at the Matt Krol Park will be a time-saver for all our volunteers," says O'How.
"We have a good lease term, and it's going to meet all our needs going forward, so we're pretty happy with how it all turned out."
Minor ball's officials were stunned this summer to receive notice for the immediate removal of their sea cans behind the SLS Family Sports Centre. They were left both frustrated and scrambling to find a new home to store equipment.
Since then, extensions were provided and town and ball officials sat down to hammer out seven possible solutions.
"Communication is a key to everything, so once that increased then it became a problem that was going to be solved," says O'How.
Some 800 Cochrane youth play ball in the spring and summer. In the spring, games are played at the two diamonds at Matt Krol Park six to seven days a week in the spring. Summer leagues are also growing in popularity.