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City hopes to start work on sports complex

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‘We know that it’s going to take a lot more manpower to maintain a sports complex.’

By Franklin Clark

The city hopes to start moving dirt out near KY 55 for the proposed sports complex in the next few months, or whenever weather permits.

“We are excited about planning the development of this sports complex,” Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young said after Monday night’s Campbellsville City Council meeting.

By moving dirt, Young means moving topsoil and clay to make the area strong enough for construction. Crews will also have to move dirt to build the roads.

However, they are still seeking bids on engineering firms. Though no action was taken and no discussion was held, there were two bids for a design for the first quad, or group of four fields. This would be the first of two phases of the project.

Louisville-based QK4 had a bid of $80,000, while Greensburg-based Pitman Green LLC had a bid of $29,800.

It could take two or three years to build the first quad, said Young. A geotechnical survey determined where the rockiest areas were.

There were also two bids for fencing. Clyde Fencing bid $10,725, while Taylor County Fence Company bid $11,300.

Young described these bids as “preliminary work that we’re doing.” The city, he added, is hoping to receive additional plans, as they’re still letting bids to other engineering firms and other contractors.

“We’re not ready to move on that yet,” added Young.

The first phase could entail four 210-foot fields, a concession stand, restrooms, a parking lot, batting cages and a pavilion. The second phase could entail four 250-foot fields, a concession stand, restrooms, a playground, a parking lot, two batting cages, a maintenance building and a 1-mile walking path.

City officials estimate a cost of about $3 million for the project, or $1.5 million per quad. Young said engineers had given him an estimate of about $1 million per field. He believes they’ll be disciplined enough during the bidding process, and will use enough in-house labor to achieve those savings.

The city has some $386,000 in an account specifically for the project, plus an additional $250,000 pledge from the Campbellsville Industrial Foundation. The city also received about $200,000 from selling property to Campbellsville University.

“We’ve been contacted by a lot of people that want to donate money, who want to support the development of this park,” said Young. “So we’re in the process of coming up with a nice plan that will allow people to donate to the park.”

Young said they’ve had some corporate sponsors who have donated large amounts of the money already.

In related business, Council members unanimously voted for a new park position. This person wouldn’t be a park manager – Bill Brewer is already head of the city’s Parks Department – but their duties would include maintenance.

According to Young, the new employee will have a starting wage of roughly $11 or $12 an hour.

Young said the new position, which will be budgeted for in the city’s next fiscal year budget, is more important than ever with the coming sports complex.

“We know that it’s going to take a lot more manpower to maintain a sports complex,” said Young. “We’re to the point now that it’s difficult to maintain a lot of the properties that the city already has. We’re doing OK, it’s just becoming a challenge.”

With the new complex, there will be more maintenance in an area that has been cropland, said Young.

The city will advertise for the new position.

• Council members gave Young permission to purchase an unnamed piece of property after an almost hour-long executive session, which was held for the stated purpose of property discussions.

The property’s location, acreage and cost were not publicly available at press time.

“We’re always looking to try to make good decisions for the community,” said Young. “We’re always looking for opportunities.”

• Council members appointed Lucy Cox and Don Bishop to the city’s Ethics Board; they will serve three-year terms. The Ethics Board has to contain two Democrats, two Republicans and a fifth person who is non-partisan, but all five have to live in the city.

• Council members reappointed Angie Call to the Campbellsville/Taylor County Economic Development Authority Board. The city and county each appoint three people to this board.

• Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire and Rescue firefighter Kenny Fair was officially made a captain in a pinning ceremony during the meeting.

• All of the Council members were present, with the exception of Mike Hall.