Joplin Mayor Believes New Blasters Lease is “Healthier for the Ball Team” & the City
Joplin Mayor Mike Seibert believes the new lease renegotiated with the Joplin Blasters is a fair deal.
Under the agreement the Blasters would pay $75,000 a year, due in two payments, and reimburse annual utility costs to the city. Maintenance costs would also be covered by the team. This year the costs were close to $200,000, two-thirds of which were covered by the city.
Mayor Seibert says “It was just expensive for us with our employee costs to maintain it at the level that we needed to. And plus it frees up some of our city employees to be placed at over at some of our other city facilities.”
Blasters owner and CEO Gabe Suarez declined our request for an interview today. The Blasters still owe the city 25,000 dollars for this year. The new lease will be voted on at the next city council meeting in December.