Lemuel Randolph, director of Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces (PROS) for the City of McKinney, said City Manager Jason Gray will consider the league’s appeal of its 2014 season cancellation, recently reported by TSB, and make a decision on the league’s status next week.
McKinney Little League President Lonea Gilbert said last month that there was a meeting scheduled between her and Randolph on Monday, however the PROS director said he and Gray met with the new board Thursday.
The meeting Monday did not occur, he said.
He said the meeting Thursday was a chance for the board to explain how they are restructuring and reforming the board, and introduce themselves to city officials.
Randolph said the current status of the league remains unchanged as stated in his letter to McKinney Little League in November, which said the 2014 spring season will not occur and the leagues has been denied access to city fields.
The league, however, as permitted by city law, is going through its appeals process with the city. Among the things Gray will consider is the league’s accountability, its efforts to restructure, plans for enrollment and the financial situation of the league, Randolph said.
Most importantly, Randolph said, the city wants there to be “assurance” between the community and little baseball regarding its responsibility, and while it is not the city’s intent to be “peeking over their shoulders,” the city wants to ensure all decisions are made responsibly.
Former league president Jimmy Dempsey, as well as former league officials Michael Bennett and Rusty Robinson, said Little League’s decision to cancel the fall season allowed the city to have one baseball league – through the McKinney Baseball Association — a scenario the trio said the city has wanted for some time.
Randolph said while it may be easier from an administrative standpoint to manage one league, the only reason this situation is occurring because of decisions made by little league.
He said the city is not looking to remove Little League from the scene, but the league’s decision to cancel the fall season “forced the hand.”