By George Boehme
West University Place City Council agreed Thursday night (May 6) to restore the $125,000 annual funding for youth sports that had become the focal point of the May 1 municipal election.
At a special meeting called by outgoing Mayor Bob Higley, the majority of the councilors said they viewed the election as a referendum on an annual taxpayer contribution to West U youth sports — and that the proposition of continued funding for youth sports won.
Mentioned several times during the meeting was the need to heal divisions in the city and the hope that restoring the funding as its last substantive action during councilmembers’ term could be helpful in that effort.
The council approved restoring the $125,000 annual funding through a $62,500 annual payment to West University Little League and $62,500 to the West University Softball Association. The term of the agreement will be five years. The two sports league’s only requirements in the agreement are that the name of each league not change — West University must stay in the name — and that the city will have the right to review each league’s financial records and can require an audit at the city’s expense.
The council directed the city attorney to prepare the appropriate documents for final approval at its May 10 regular meeting.