March 20, 2003
(Albany-AP) -- South Georgia Waves owner David Heller plans to move his team from Albany to Columbus in time for this season, pending approval by the South Atlantic League.
Heller said last night that he had reached an agreement with Columbus but can't sign it until the 15 other owners of the Class A league vote on Monday. Heller has already announced plans to move the team, a Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers -- to Evansville, Indiana -- for the 2004 season.
Columbus -- 80 miles from Albany -- will be a one-season stopover, Heller says.
The Waves arrived in Albany from Wilmington, North Carolina just last year. Heller said he decided to leave Albany because he could not agree to a lease with the city.
Albany city attorney Al Grieshaber said he was trying to negotiate a new lease that was "fair for both parties." Heller cited Albany's treatment of the team, specifically regarding a nearly $30,000 utility bill the Waves paid on Monday.
Grieshaber said the team was obligated under an unsigned lease from last year to pay the bill.
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