Little League site gets hit hard by storms

WARNER ROBINS — Among the areas in Houston County hit hard by recent heavy rains was the site of the Little League Southeast Region headquarters, Houston County officials were told during Thursday’s Vision 2020 meeting.

Houston County Development Authority Executive Director Morgan Law said the site suffered significant erosion during the past week, as nearly 10 inches of rain fell in the county. Construction officials working on the site told him the rains set them back some time in the building phase of the project.

“There was erosion primarily in the stadium area,” Law said. “But all the erosion was contained on-site. A storm water plan put in place helped.”

Office space and a tournament stadium are currently planned for the site, which is adjacent to Flint Energies Sports Complex off Ga. 96.

Law also said the building that will house administration offices is well under way and was not affected by the rains. Workers were scheduled to begin roof decking on the facility this morning, he said.

The building is scheduled to open Jan. 1.

Law said the first pitch is expected to be thrown at the start of the 2010 regional softball tournament, scheduled for the end of July.

A change of the guard also took place at Thursday’s meeting. Vision 2020 unanimously voted to select Tom Walmer, chairman of the Houston County Board of Education, to serve as its next chairman.

Updates on several agenda items, including the G-RAMP project and the North Houston County Animal Control facility, were delayed until the November meeting because the group’s current chairman, Warner Robins Mayor Donald Walker, was absent. Walker was scheduled to give those reports.

To contact writer Marlon A. Walker, call 256-9685.