Cottrell to pitch big name for Little League field |

Cottrell to pitch big name for Little League field

City Councilman Steve Cottrell will propose tonight that Pioneer Park Little League field in Nevada City be named the U. Utah Phillips Memorial Field.

In a letter to his fellow council members, Cottrell said a committee consisting of Phillips’ friends is ready to raise money for a sign and plaque to commemorate one of the folk singer’s favorite places.

“We have about the prettiest Little League park in America,” Jordan Fisher Smith, a close friend of Phillips, said Tuesday. “He loved that park and he loved Little League, and I think they loved him.”

Phillips died in his sleep on May 30 at the age of 73. He was an internationally acclaimed folk singer and storyteller who spent countless hours watching Little League baseball games at Pioneer Park, which was the site of a memorial service on June 1 that attracted around 800 fans and friends.

Cottrell said the idea for naming the park came to him while he was at the memorial service and saw Little Leaguers selling bottled water, which brought back his own memories of Phillips and baseball.

“He truly was the biggest fan the Nevada City Little League ever had. He rooted for them and he talked to them,” Cottrell said Tuesday. “I can’t think of better way he would want his name remembered in Nevada City than at that Little League park.”

The city council meets at 7 p.m. tonight at City Hall, 317 Broad Street.

In other business tonight, the city council will:

• Hear a request by Waste Management to increase garbage-service rates 4.1 percent beginning July 1. According to Waste Management, the rates for one 32-gallon trash bin would increase from $12.36 to $12.72 a month; the rates for a 96-gallon bin would go from $26.12 to $26.745 a month.

• Conduct a public hearing and consider approving a resolution of support for the Deer Creek Tribute Trail, an 8-mile trail that will follow sides of Deer Creek. The trail would begin in downtown Nevada City and about 6.5 miles of it would be on existing trails and unimproved roads, according to a staff report. The Friends of Deer Creek have received a $912,000 grant for the project. The Planning Commission previously approved the request on a 5-0 vote.

• Hear two resolutions regarding elections. The first clears the way for a special election on Nov. 3 to select a city council member to finish the final 19 months of Sheila Stein’s term. The other resolution puts on the same ballot the question of whether the offices of city clerk and city treasurer should be appointed rather than elected.

To contact Staff Writer Pat Butler, e-mail or call 477-4239.

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