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Sports complex getting new lights

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Carroll’s Youth Sports Complex is expected to be a brighter and more energy-efficient feature on the north side of the city by the time softball and baseball seasons arrive.

Armed with a $437,000 contract, Drees Company in Carroll will be outfitting three fields — Numbers 4, 6, and 7 — with new lights.

“They’re going to be shining down a lot more,” Parks and Recreation Director Jack Wardell said.

Drees recently earned Carroll City Council approval of the bid on a 6-0 vote.

“Hopefully, this is a 40-, 45-year fix out there,” Wardell said. “We plan on baseball, softball being around a long time.”

The upgrade could allow for more regional events at the complex, boosting the profile of local athletes and building economic development, he said.

The lighting system also can be accessed via mobile phone, meaning if teams forget to turn off lights after games, as happens sometimes, Wardell can shut them down at any time from anywhere instead of having to drive to the fields in the middle of the night and pull the switch.

I can turn them off from my phone,” he said. “Energywise, there will be lots of savings.”

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