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We argue that the BZA went against county code when it denied our permit to build a complex at Spring Lake.
The Indiana Bandits youth baseball league has appealed last month’s decision by the Hancock County Area Board of Zoning Appeals that shuttered the league’s plans to build a baseball complex adjacent to Spring Lake.
The Bandits filed the appeal last Thursday in Hancock County Superior Court within the 30-day appeal period from the BZA’s Aug. 29 ruling. In the appeal, the Bandits say the county has violated its own zoning laws and that one BZA member may have had a conflict of interest in voting against the facility.
That decision reversed county planning director Mike Dale’s determination that the league’s proposal to develop a 35-acre baseball complex in the 200 block of South CR 250W met zoning standards for the area.
The county’s land-use ordinances allow park uses, defined to include “athletic facilities,” and based on that language, Dale ruled the facility could be permitted.
However, when residents of Spring Lake directly across the road from the site learned of the proposal, they quickly organized and appealed Dale’s decision to the BZA, alleging a host of negative impacts to their community.
The BZA voted 3-2 to overturn Dale’s decision and disallow the park, stating “the proposed facility does not qualify as a ‘park’ and/or ‘athletic facility’ as defined and intended in the county zoning chapter, and is therefore not a permitted use…”
In its appeal, the Bandits allege the board acted arbitrarily and not in accordance with the law in reaching its decision.
It also alleges that board member Byron Holden owns property in Spring Lake and “participated in meetings convened by opponents of the project held at the Spring Lake community center,” the appeal states.
As a result, the league asserts Holden “put himself in a position to be influenced” by those discussions, court filings state.
Holden was not immediately available for comment Tuesday.
BZA attorney Gregg Morelock said the board has 30 days from the league’s filing to prepare and transmit a record of the board’s Aug. 29 proceedings along with its response to court for review.
However, the league’s concerns of possible board bias might be grounds for taking additional evidence either by deposition or evidentiary hearing to determine facts outside the record, Morelock said.
Pat Haley, who lives across the road from the proposed site and organized opposition to the project, had not seen the Bandits’ filing Tuesday but said residents in the area were prepared to continue their opposition to the development.
“Our attorneys are going to be involved, and if they go forward we are prepared to fight it,” Haley said.
Ron Roberts, Indiana Bandits Inc. president and director, said how much impact the legal action has on the league’s plans for next season depends primarily on how fast the matter is resolved.
“It’s not going to be an easy appeal,” Roberts said. “It’s definitely going to set us back in terms of playing games next season. We might be able to practice on it if we can get in there and get the fields ready and the sod down,” he said. “It all depends on how quickly this gets heard.”
The league has an agreement to purchase the 35-acre parcel from Randy Hood, owner of Family Fun and Fitness in Greenfield, for approximately $350,000, Roberts said.
Though the league had an agreement for the land deal, it did not enter into a contingent contract to purchase the property until the day of last month’s BZA hearing – an action the board questioned at the time, but one that Roberts maintained was requested by the board in the first place.
Roberts said the conditional nature of the league’s purchase agreement was nothing out of the ordinary under the circumstances.
“No one is going to buy a piece of property until you know you can build what you intend to build,” he said.
Regardless of the appeal’s outcome and whether it has the opportunity to invest further into the project, Roberts said the league has already expended some $30,000 in design and permitting costs.
The Hancock County Board of Zoning Appeals has reversed its previous decision to allow us the location where we had planned to build our new sports complex.
The Hancock County Board of Zoning Appeals has denied a local baseball group a permit to build a new 35-acre sports complex.
The board voted 3-2 to deny the permit for the sports complex on County Road 250 West in Hancock County. Ron Roberts, President of the Indiana Bandits Baseball Club, says this would have been the only situation he could think of where a non-profit club owned the property, which would have allowed them to charge lower fees for use of the complex. He says the complex would be a big boost for the county's economy.
"You have teams traveling in from Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia and so on," Roberts says. "They're staying at your hotels. They're eating at your restaurants. I mean that helps any economy.” Opponents claimed the complex would have created issues with noise, traffic and well water in the area. Roberts says the club would have followed the county's orders on those issues. He says county officials had decided the complex was good to go, despite the BZA's denial of the permit.
Roberts says they will file an appeal next week and it could take six to nine months before another hearing.
The success for our 2012-2013 season exceeded expectations. Players and coaches alike ended the season with overwhelming responses. We had three teams that finished third at the World Series in Indianapolis. Many teams walked away as tournament champs this season. Even though it is not our clubs' primary goal to win every tournament, it is always a great accomplishment.
As with any size club, this year has had challenges. However, our overall growth and its membership support was at an all time high this year. I can not thank everyone enough that pulled together to make this season a success. It is the volunteer spirit and hard work of our members that make this club what it is, one that we can all be proud of. Our board welcomes suggestions and volunteers. Continued prayers as we look to our future.
The future is right around the corner. The Greenfield Daily Reporter introduced our field construction plans to the public on July 20th. The overwhelming support that we have received from our local government and businesses has been amazing. We are grateful to have so much support from the community. We are still on schedule to have four fields and four practice fields ready in the upcoming spring. 2014 will be a huge step for our club after so many changes in the past year. We are excited at the opportunities that we have been blessed with and look forward to the years to come.
Bob Jennings and the facility he built at 84 Sports have proved to be a monumental step for the Bandits and our continued growth. A big thank you to Mr. Jennings for his support. He has continued to improve the facilities that will be seen this winter.
We are excited to have confirmed 15 teams for our upcoming 2013-2014 season with three additional teams that have requested to join. Those teams are going through the interview and evalution process now. This just confirms the positive influence and reputation that the Bandits organization has in the baseball community. We would like to welcome Mike Hill our new 8u Head Coach, Scott Brown (a returning Bandit) as our 13u Head Coach, and Ryan Spearman as the 16u Head Coach.
We are also proud of the fact that all ten of our head coaches from the end of the 2012-2013 season are returning as well. We are still interviewing a few other coaches for additonial teams. In addition to returning coaches, 80% of the existing club base has committed to return next season as well. Our goal is to have 100% of our players return, however, we understand that this is huge goal and not likely. Our return rate this upcoming season is the highest our senior board members recall in many years.
The board thanks you for your support and prayers. Our future is bright and we are excited at what is to come.
President, Bandits Baseball Inc.
Our 13U Bandits team brought home the title of Express Summer Slam Champions on June 23rd. The boys were undefeated in four games before bringing home the title. Congratulations boys!!
The 11u Bandits Team were crowned the CITL Champions 2013 the weekend ending June 23rd at the Field of Dreams in Noblesville. Nice job boys!
Congratulations to our 8U Bandits for winning the Rush Hour Classic Tournament in Frankfort, IN. The team went undefeated in pool play to finish out the tournament with only one loss out of six games. Go Bandits!!!!
Our 8u team was named the champion of the Annie Oakley Baseball Classic Tournament in Greenville, OH July 19-21. The boys won 4 of 5 games winning the championship game 17-7. They scored a total of 91 runs in 5 games over the weekend. Great job boys!!!
The 13u team finished the 2013 season with a win. They were crowned champions of the Indiana Cardinals 5th Annual Jacket Classic in North Vernon July 14th. Great season boys!
The 11u went 5-1 July 4th Weekend to bring home the championship at the Lights Over Morse Lake Tournament in Cicero. Nice job Guys!
The Indiana Bandit Class of 2013 players are busy getting ready for their final HS season of baseball. Several of last year's 17u Bandits have already made commitments to colleges and several others are considering options. We wanted to update you on what these young men are looking at now.
We'll try to keep this list updated as more information becomes available. The Bandits and Bandit Coaching Staff are extremely proud of all of our former players. We'd like to wish each of them much success in the future with their career path. Best of luck gentlemen!
By focusing on the little things, our 14u Bandit team was crowned the champions of the Early Bird Tournament in Morning View, KY on March 24. The team went undefeated at the tournament bringing home their first title of the season. Way to go team!!!!!
08.19.2013Kyle Gibson struggled again today versus the Mets, giving him a 5.63 ERA through 10 career starts, and immediately after the game the Twins demoted him back to Triple-A.
This is Gibson’s first full season back from Tommy John elbow surgery and it’s possible that his poor performance in the majors is simply due to wearing down physically. He’s thrown 144 total innings and there was talk earlier in the season that the Twins wanted to keep him around 135 or so. And now if the Twins do shut him down to limit his workload he won’t accumulate MLB service time at Triple-A.
Gibson entered this year as a consensus top-100 prospect and projects as a potential mid-rotation starter long term, but through 51 innings the former first-round pick posted a 29/20 K/BB ratio while allowing opponents to hit .327.
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