Toccoa Little League Taking Over Doyle St. Community Center

The Toccoa Little League will take over operations of the Doyle Street Community Center.

City commissioners unanimously approved adding that building to the Little League’s existing lease regarding the Doyle Street Park at their meeting Monday.

The Toccoa-Stephens County YMCA had previously leased the Doyle Street Community Center from the city, but the Y dissolved earlier this month, leaving that building without a tenant.

Toccoa City Manager Billy Morse said that Little League wants to use the facility to help expand its operations.

“Little League, in their proposal, is willing to maintain and repair the building at no cost to the city,” said Morse.  “That would give the Little League Management responsibility for the entire park, with the exception of the pool complex,” said Morse.

The Little League proposal stated that the organization would like to use the building for indoor batting cages, Little League and community events, and to have more restroom facilities at the park.

City commissioners expressed support for the proposal.

City commissioners also took time during Monday’s work session to talk about the Doyle Street Pool in that same complex, which was formerly operated by the Y.

Commissioners expressed support for continuing forward with making improvements to the city pool, if SPLOST VI passes.

The city included just over $900,000 in its SPLOST VI proposal for the pool.

Vice-Mayor Andy Pavliscsak said he feels the city should forward fund the pool improvements if SPLOST passes and reimburse itself later on once the SPLOST money is collected.

He noted that collections would not start until 2014, so the city would not have enough money to do the renovations from SPLOST VI until 2015 or 2016.

“My suggestion, if SPLOST VI passes, as soon as it does, let us go ahead and fund it out of the Reserve Account,” said Pavliscsak about moving forward quickly on pool work.

He says that if the city does not do that, it would likely not have a pool ready again next summer.

City Commissioner Gail Fry agreed, saying she would love to see a pool ready for next summer.

Also regarding the pool, the city reported it had returned items like new chairs that it had bought for the pool this past year that were never used when the pool did not open.