The Helper City Council met for a council meeting on the evening of Feb. 4. At the meeting, permission was sought by Jeff Cisneros for the Carbon High School students to use the baseball field in Helper for their practices and games. A new field was supposed to be built for the players last year but has yet to come to fruition.
The practices will begin around the first week of March, but Cisneros requested use of the field early in order to be able to move off some of the snow to encourage the rest of it to melt in time.
New council member Amanda Wheeler is now in charge of what happens at the Helper parks. It was made sure that the practices and games will not conflict with other game schedules.
The other baseball league was that discussed at the meeting was the Carbon Cal Ripken baseball league. President Matt Tallerico spoke to council members and wanted to give updates and get permission for field use. The city of Helper no longer has its own Cal Ripken league. Helper players have joined with Price.
Tallerico asked for use of the Heritage Ballpark from April 1 to July 31. Many games will be played during that time, and it was made known that the use of multiple fields is something that the league is seeking. Tallerico was the president of the Helper League three years ago and spent a lot of personal time on the field. He stated there will be a many volunteers that will help. The council members approved the use of both fields.
Community member Mike James also spoke to council members during the meeting about the annual car show. This year will be the 30th year. James stated he is not asking for much but would like to ensure that free swimming on the day of the car show is provided. Another request he made was the use of the park for people to camp.
“The 30th year is a big deal, this is probably the oldest thing in Helper right now except for the Catholic Carnival,” James stated.
Council members granted the requests made by James.
One other notable item of discussion at the meeting was the nearly unanimous appointment of council member Chris Pugliese as mayor pro-tempore.