Milwaukie baseball will remain on deck
- Kerry Eggers
- Clackamas Review - News
It appears Hillsboro will have minor league baseball next season - and Milwaukie could be next in line.
The Hillsboro City Council is expected to approve Tuesday a term sheet that will bring the Northwest League Yakima, Wash., Bears to Washington County.
The move would be contingent upon Hillsboro constructing a 4,500-seat stadium at the cost of $13.4 million to $15.2 million on a site already owned by the city next to Hillsboro Stadium alongside Highway 26.
The six city councilors will vote on the issue Tuesday, with Mayor Jerry Willey holding the tie-breaker.
'I support (the baseball project), and hopefully enough of us do that it will pass,' Council President Aron Carleson said Friday. 'I don't think we'd have gotten this far with the council if it looked like we weren't going to move in that direction.'
The Bears' ownership group must make reparations with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, who own territorial rights to the area. But that should be a formality.
Milwaukie, meanwhile, is satisfied to wait a year to join the NWL, which has eight teams for the upcoming season that begins on June 15: Eugene; Salem-Keizer; Yakima; Vancouver, British Columbia; Everett, Wash.; Tri-City, Wash.; Spokane and Boise.