The city of Elkins could waive a water tap fee to assist the Elkins Babe Ruth tournament in upgrading the baseball field at Bluegrass Park.
Elkins City Councilman Van Broughton, 2nd Ward, requested that the city pay for installing the new tap because of the amount of tourists brought in by the field and tournament.
"They currently have a 5/8-inch tap for use at the park," he said. "They use a hose to water down the field, and it creates a danger for fans. They want to install an underground sprinkler system and will need a 1/2-inch tap."
Broughton said the water is used at the field in between baseball games to keep the dust down. Upgrading to a sprinkler system will allow the process to be faster, which could allow more teams to participate in tournaments like the Hillbilly Hardball Classic and the Fuzz Jones Invitational.
"It would help bring more people to Elkins," he said. "The sprinkler system is $5,000, and they are paying for it."
Broughton originally asked for approximately $800 for the tap, but Elkins Operations Manager Bob Pingley said it would not cost that much.
"It will be $350 for the install," he said. "We have no way to charge more, it is set in our tariff."
Pingley said the Elkins Water Committee could waive the tap fee. Councilman and committee member Tom Hensil, 2nd Ward, made a motion to recommend that City Council consider waiving the fee.
Councilwoman Marilynn Cuonzo, 4th Ward, seconded the motion.
The measure will be placed on a future City Council agenda. The next council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 20 in council chambers at City Hall.