RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough has agreed to a partnership with Bridgewater Baseball & Softball and Dynasty Softball Events LLC for use of the fields at the former Washington School, on First Avenue.
The idea was first floated around at a recent borough council meeting, and the council opted to send the request to the sports committee for consideration.
Councilman Zachary Bray said the sports committee is completely on board.
The council said they were on board as well.
Borough attorney Paul Rizzo said he would like to see the permit paperwork the organizations have with Bridgewater for use of the fields to fashion a document for Raritan to ensure terms are laid out regarding maintenance and use of the fields.
A representative with Dynasty said Bridgwater Baseball would be using the fields maybe five nights per week, and Dynasty would use them on the weekend. They said they would also welcome the Raritan Little League teams selling concessions and more during the games.
Dynasty is also expected to maintain the fields when using them.
Tom Cannizzo, president of Bridgewater Baseball & Softball, said they would also be interested in using the field at Frelinghuysen Park for games.
Borough administrator Dan Jaxel said he would recommend the possibility of having Dynasty be more in charge of handling maintenance and work on the fields because they will be charging those who come out to the games.
In May 2017, the council voted to cancel the contract that allowed Dynasty to use the baseball fields at the Washington School, on First Avenue, for the tournament, citing plans to use those fields for other sports, and the fact that it didn't necessarily benefit the businesses in town.
Bray had said at a recent council meeting that if the borough moved forward with the partnership, Bridgewater Baseball and Softball and Dynasty would handle upgrading and maintaining the facilities, and the Raritan Department of Public Works would not have to do any more work than it is currently doing.
Councilman Paul Giraldi, who had been a strong advocate for maintaining the partnership with Dynasty, had said he would be in favor of moving forward with this partnership, and encouraging people to come to Raritan for the games.
An agreement will be forthcoming, but the partnership is expected to move forward.