The Cape Girardeau City Council approved almost $1 million for baseball-field improvements and a sculpture at Monday night’s city council meeting with virtually no public discussion. City manager Scott Meyer tells KZIM KSIM the procedure the city went through to inform the public on the discussion.
The city entered into an agreement with SEMO to improve Capaha Field, where the university’s baseball team plays, and erect a 15-foot-tall sculpture in the middle of the Fountain Street roundabout near the River Campus. Under the agreement, the city will pay 50 percent of the cost. The ball-field improvements, which would include installation of artificial turf, are expected to cost $1.84 million. The agreement says the city will maintain the field, while the university will maintain the indoor batting cage and storage facility. The sculpture project will cost an estimated $64,000. Meyer says the money will come from casino-tax revenue.