By Jessica De Nova/KTVL.com
CENTRAL POINT, Ore.-Some Little League Board members said though they're under investigation, they are working hard to turn things around and gain back the community's trust.
The League's Information Officer and Webmaster, Matt Chubb said some past board members lost the community's support with actions such as, "not maintaining the fields properly, not providing adequate equipment for the kids and the coaches," and added, "we're trying to change that."
Chubb said in the past, no one knew where the money was going.
The League's Information Officer said now the Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating the League's boards from 2009 to present, "They're doing a complete audit on all the books, all of our financial records, because of alleged mismanagement of funds and alleged mismanagement of League property," said Chubb.
While the investigation continues, the League has replaced most of its board members. Nine of its 11 members are new. Matt Chubb said today's board is turning things around completely, "We want to be as transparent as possible," said Chubb.
He said they're cooperating with the DOJ to get past the questions and gain community support and sponsorships, "They don't want to write a check to Central Point Little League because they don't know where the money's going," said Chubb.
No money, means no equipment. What little the League did have, has been lost over time. Just last year, two quads were gone. "One was stolen out of our equipment shed, the other one was so worn down that we couldn't do anything with it. We had a couple lawn mowers that were taken. There was just, it seemed like every other weekend something else was getting stolen out of here," said Central Point Little League President, Mark Morrison.
The League's President said the new board is making sure all donations will be secure. "We've changed all the locks, like I said the new door, as much as we can to make everything as safe as possible because we know people are taking out of their own pockets to help us out and we have to protect that," said Morrison.
The League is also working on a partnership with the City of Central Point. "For them to come out and give us a hand in bringing water and sewer here," said Chubb. In exchange, Chubb said the city can have a field for residents to use during the League's off-season.
In the meantime, the League said it's grateful for volunteers and donors who have jumped on board and wants the community to know, it's doing things right. "We just want to make sure that the money that we have with our membership goes straight back into the, right back into the program, right to the kids, so they have good uniforms good equipment, um, upgraded equipment, equipment that's not from the '80s," said Chubb.
The League has a field work day scheduled for March 23 at 9 a.m. Bobbio's Pizza in Central Point will donate pizza to feed volunteers.
League board meetings are held the first Thursday of every month and are open to the public.
For more information on Central Point Little League events and how to help, you can visit the League's website
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