Artificial turf at Legion Field took another step forward Monday night when the Roseburg City Council granted the Dr. Stewart's American Legion Baseball program a special bond exemption.

With the exemption, Dr. Stewart's will not have to carry a bond to protect the completion of the project. The Legion, along with Umpqua Valley Christian School and Umpqua Community College, has been raising funds to install artificial turf at the iconic stadium in the city-controlled Stewart Park.

The city council approved the installation in June of 2017 and extended the Legion's lease on the site to 20 years in October of 2017.

On Sept. 24, 2018, the council granted the Legion an exemption to the naming rights policy in order to aid the Legion's fundraising efforts.

No start time on the project has been released, yet.

Included in Monday's action was approval for relocating a water main that passes under part of the field, with the Legion bearing fiscal responsibility for the relocation.

Both Umpqua Valley Christian and Roseburg High use Legion Field during the high school baseball season. Practice for the prep baseball season will begin February 11 under the Rule of 8 (pitchers and catchers), with full squad workouts commencing February 25. The first games will be on March 11.

Sports reporter Aaron Yost can be reached at 541-957-4219 or email Follow him on Twitter @aaron_yost.

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