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The Longview City Council Thursday moved forward with plans for an athletic facility in the city’s west end by supporting a master plan services contract to Hough, Beck, & Baird, Inc. of Seattle.

Hough, Beck, & Baird, Inc. (HBB) will evaluate the feasibility of two different sites: Roy Morse Park and the decommissioned sewer lagoons near Coal Creek Road and Ocean Beach Highway. HBB will then create a master plan for the selected site.

As recommended by Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Wills, the council also included additional economic development analysis and field lighting plans for $18,500.

City Manager Kurt Sacha said the the Capital Projects Fund would likely pay for the $279,000 contract.

Councilman Ken Botero said the money would be better spent on scholarship programs for children who cannot afford recreational sports leagues. Botero and Councilman Chet Makinster voted against the contract.

Mayor Don Jensen and councilmen Mike Wallin and Scott Vydra supported the master plan contract. Councilwoman MaryAlice Wallis was absent.

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