EVART — Nestle has given $80,000 to Evart Public School District for their baseball and softball fields.
Since May or June of this year, according to Athletic Director Jay Wallace, EPSD and Nestle have been talking about the much-needed renovations to the fields used by the high school teams and the Evart community.
Both Superintendent Shirley Howard and Wallace referred to the fields’ condition as “a safety issue.”
“We knew we had to do something with the fields,” she said. “Money has been tight though so we had to find some other way to fix an issue that has been in existence for the three years I have been here and I am sure has been going on for much longer.”
Originally working with a local landscaper to fix the sprinklers in the field, the landscaper suggested he reach out to Ice Mountain, who he was already talking to about other things, and see what else could be done.”
The district then had a contractor who has worked on other major field projects and he sent a quote to Ice Mountain.
“We sent them a number, shot for the stars and they came back with a yes,” said Wallace.
When Ice Mountain and EPSD first came to an agreement, according to Howard, the district was to send bills to the company and would be reimbursed. However, as talks continued it was decided that it would be more beneficial for Ice Mountain to give EPSD the money upfront.
“With our budgeting season not over and this being something we needed to do sooner rather than later, Ice Mountain agreed to give us the money rather than just reimburse us up to $80,000,” said Howard.
The district was not expecting to get as much money as they did, according to Howard.
“We are very excited to have gotten this,” said Howard. “When we originally set out to do this we never expected to get this amount of money.”
Planning and construction have already begun, said Wallace, and is set to be finished “before the first snow flys,” allowing the field to settle in time for the baseball and softball seasons.