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Bellevue-World Baseball Village contract over?

Posted at 6:36 PM, Oct 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-05 19:36:17-04

The Bellevue city council along with Mayor Rita Sanders will vote on whether to cut ties with World Baseball Village.

The move comes four months after a tornado damaged the facility wiping out its biggest event.

This seems to be the final blow between the rocky relationship into the city of Bellevue who owns the property and World Baseball Village who manages the property.

Both blame each other over who should owe money to the dozens of teams caught in the middle wondering if they'll ever pay up.

“Never did we ever expect we weren't going to get any of our money back,” said Tanya Hendrickson, whose son played on the Minnetonka Phantoms.  They’re one of dozens of teams who signed up to play in a tournament at World Baseball Village are not getting refunds after a June tornado damaged the fields at the beginning of their tournament.

“Everybody is so mad and everybody is so frustrated and you know we've been made all these promises and nothing's come through and it's the run around,” said Hendrickson.

Hendrickson said they are in the middle of the blame game and haven't heard from either party about getting their $15,000 back.

“Nobody wants to take any responsibility for anything yet they got their insurance money both Sarpy country and world baseball village and now they are parting ways and they don't care about any of us,” said Hendrickson.

The Bellevue city council will vote on Monday to cut the $250,000 a year contract with World Baseball Village it's had for nearly 8 years.

The reason: it has been subject to natural disasters and other obstacles to success. a

The city says they'll eat the costs through other uses for the property once it takes full control.

But the city will have to pay the outstanding bonds associated with the facility--of just over $2.5 million dollars.

Hendrickson says there are other baseball tournaments in the metro that have reached out for them to join their tournaments but says parents are wary, “It's a hard push for the parents because once you've been had and they don't want to do that again.”