Little League finds home

The newly formed Adrian Area Little League has found its home for the 2019 baseball and softball season. On Monday, Feb. 18, the Adrian City Commission voted 7-0 to approve an amended resolution allowing for the Adrian Area Little League to be given priority for the scheduling of athletic fields. The amendment by Commissioner John Dudas allows the Adrian Area Little League to practice and play on all city-operated baseball and softball fields free of charge. “I’m glad to support this and I view it as an investment that we are making back in our community and our kids in particular.” said commissioner Brad Watson.

Two resolutions regarding grants for the city’s public safety departments were also on the agenda. Aric Massingill, interim fire chief, received the commission’s approval to apply for the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation grant to purchase a Physio Control Lucas 3 Chest Compression Device, the city’s third such device. Massingill said the apparatus allows the fire department to perform CPR chest compressions without any potential human error. The grant, capped at $25,000, would fully cover the cost of the device.

Police Chief Vince Emrick was given approval by the commission to accept the $52,050 Byrne JAG Grant. This grant covers the purchase of a Truenarc narcotic field testing device, allowing officers to test for narcotics without exposing them to potentially dangerous substances such as fentanyl.

Topping the Agenda for the commission’s pre-meeting study session was the Adrian Area Little League. Commissioners also discussed a professional services agreement with Mannik & Smith of Monroe for consulting provided by former city engineer Todd Brown and whether to opt in to recreational marijuana facilities.

The next regularly scheduled commission meeting is March 4, in the Adrian City Chambers, 159 East Maumee Street.

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