From liability insurance to trophies, the Dodge City Soccer League covers its expenses out of its own pocket.

    But the cost of providing security for Sunday men's games was beginning to concern league President Jose Zamora, who reached out to the Community Facilities Advisory Board for help.


From liability insurance to trophies, the Dodge City Soccer League covers its expenses out of its own pocket.
    But the cost of providing security for Sunday men's games was beginning to concern league President Jose Zamora, who reached out to the Community Facilities Advisory Board for help.
    The board voted unanimously Thursday to cover half of the league's security expenses, or about $2,520. The money will come out of the "Why Not Dodge?" sales tax fund, which finances a series of family entertainment-related projects.
    The Dodge City and Ford County commissions will probably not be required to approve the subsidy since the amount is so small, according to Assistant City Manager Cherise Tieben.
    Speaking on Zamora's behalf, Tieben said Thursday that the Dodge City Police Department began providing security at men's league games after a fight broke out at the St. Mary Soccer  Complex in 2006. To prevent similar situations from arising, the department assigned off-duty officers to monitor the games.
    Providing security for the games costs the league about $380 per week for a 14-week season, totaling $5,320.
    CFAB Chairman Lance Nichols wondered whether covering part of the league's security costs would set a precedent for other organizations.
    "If we do it here, is Southwest Sports going to come and want the same thing for security?" he said. "And then the racetrack is going to come and ask for their security."
    Nichols was referring to the Southwest Sports Association, which has a contract with the city and county for booking tournaments into Legends Park.
    Tieben said that Southwest Sports already receives a substantial subsidy from the "Why Not Dodge?" fund, but the soccer league does not. She added that a sponsor helps the league cover its field rental expenses, and the league reimburses the city for field maintenance costs.
    "They've asked us for nothing for putting on 14 games for a numerous number of people," she said.
    CFAB member Jim Lembright said he was willing to help the soccer league cover its security costs, despite his concerns that other organizations would seek the same kind of assistance.
    "We can sure take a look at it again a year from now," he said.

In other business, the CFAB:
    • Rejected Southwest Sports' request for $17,263 to provide concrete slabs and turf for batting cages at Legends Field, Demon Field and Red Field. Dodge City High School would have provided nets for the cages.
    The board said it needed more information about the details of the request before making a decision.

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