Members of ballpark oversight committee selected represent array of interests

by Keith Barber

Delores Hill said she’s excitedabout the possibility of servingon Winston-Salem’s CitizensBaseball Stadium ReviewCommittee because it offersregular citizens an opportunity toactively participate in the development of a$40 million project that has been the sourceof much controversy in recent months.Considering the city has already pledgednearly $28 million to build the stadiumthat will serve as the future home of theWinston-Salem Dash minor league baseballteam, citizen oversight is essential toprotecting the taxpayers’ investment and theoverall success of the project, Hill said.Dan Barrett, a senior vice president ofISP Sports, said he hoped to bring his 17years of sports marketing experience tobear if he should be selected to serve on thecommittee.“Anytime our community can havesuccessful businesses or successful sportsprograms, it brings jobs and createseconomic development,” Barrett said.Architect Aubrey Kirby said serving onthe committee would be his way of givingback to his community.“My goal would be for the project tobe completed successfully with the fundsavailable, and hope no more funds wouldbe required,” Kirby said. “I think that canbe done.”William Kay, a retired civil engineer, saidhis desire to put his talents, abilities andengineering experience to good use inspiredhim to apply for a spot on the committee.“It’s kind of like an old racehorsewanting to get back in the race,” Kay said.“I’ve worked on large projects of thiscomplexity. It seemed very interesting to meto participate in some of things they’ll bedealing with.”Hill, Barrett and Kirby were among thefinalists nominated for the Citizens BaseballStadium Review Committee by a threememberpanel composed of Mayor AllenJoines, Mayor Pro Tem Vivian Burke andCouncilman Robert Clark during a meetingat City Hall on July 17. Kay was nominatedas an alternate to the committee.Joines, Burke and Clark nominatedeight more citizens to the 11-membercitizen group during the one-hour session,

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Councilman Robert Clark, Mayor Allen Joines and Mayor Pro Tem VivianBurke (l-r) reviewed applications for the Citizens Baseball StadiumReview Committee on July 17. (photo by Keith T. Barber)