The emergency FEMA-funds protection bill introduced by State Sen. Jim Buck (R-Kokomo) that could potentially stop construction of the new ballpark being built in a flood-prone area of Kokomo (IN) for the summer collegiate Kokomo Jackrabbits (Prospect League) passed the Indiana Senate on Thursday. The bill must still pass the House. The city remains opposed to this measure and has already submitted a new design plan to FEMA. Read more here.
Bill to Stop Kokomo Ballpark Construction Passes State Senate
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3 responses to “Bill to Stop Kokomo Ballpark Construction Passes State Senate”
Worry over a flooding PK ever here of Crowley field
There has to be more to the story here. It looks like a real local politics pissing match. I don’t think Buck would be so passionate about his bill if he was actually supportive of the city building a ballpark (even somewhere else). If he was a friend of the ballpark project, he would be working his butt off to find a solution. This looks like an angle he is using to try and kill it.
I can see both sides here. Clearly Senator Buck doesn’t like the idea of the ballpark, or he doesn’t like Mayor Goodnight, or both. However, I can see his point that he doesn’t want to represent the district that costs the entire State of Indiana millions of dollars in federal bail out money, so to speak. I’m not in the know on what it would take to mitigate this situation so that construction can continue without the threat of FEMA’s wrath hanging over it, but it’s certainly a nasty little situation with less than five months until the start of the season. I’m sure everything will work out, but with all the uncertainty and controversy involved, this can’t be the kind of roll out the Jackrabbits were hopping for.