by Valerie Verkamp
Representatives of the Vikings Football Club and the City of Parkville continue to try to clarify how the club was allowed to irrigate the football field for years without covering the cost of the water.
The Vikings use a city-owned field near the city’s sewer plant. Apparently about decade or so ago--both sides are sketchy on the details--a water line was connected to a metered line at the city’s sewer plant, and the club has been using that line to irrigate the field.
The club has not paid the city for any water usage.
According to city officials, former city employees who would have been in a position to know say they have no knowledge of the situation. Leaders of the organization, who apparently are new to their positions since the time the situation began, also say they have no knowledge of how the connection was made and have told city officials they have no knowledge or evidence that anyone affiliated with the Vikings actually made the connection. For more on story.