McKinney raises questions about more than $600 thousand in city funds for sports complex

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By Josh Claywell


The first 2019 meeting of the Campbellsville City Council was held Monday night, and new Councilman Stan McKinney wasted little time asking what the city plans to do with the money set aside for the sports complex.

Former Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young has long wanted a sports complex to be built in the city, and there was $613,842.63 in the city’s sports complex bank account through Nov. 30.

McKinney wanted to know if the city could use that money on other projects, namely Miller Park.

As council members discussed the financial reports for the previous month, McKinney asked new Mayor Brenda Allen how much of that money had been spent. In September’s meeting, the council approved a three-phase approach for developing the complex, and that was supposed to begin with clearing the land that was purchased.

“Can you tell me how much of that has been spent?” McKinney asked Mayor Allen. “Is any of this available?”

Mayor Allen responded, “I have no idea.”

“You’ve got to realize I’ve only been here four days,” she said. “But we will have to get an answer for you.”

McKinney then asked if the city can move that money out of the account and into something else, and Allen said she believed that could happen with the council’s approval.

McKinney asked if the city could get out of the current agreement with Edwards Contracting, which won the bid to begin work on the complex in September. City attorney John Miller said he would have to take a look at the contract drawn up between the city and Edwards to see if there was an out.

“I’ve not looked at it in regards to that,” Miller said.

McKinney then mentioned Miller Park, saying he’s had many people tell him the council and city need to take care of that park first before proceeding with the complex.


In other news:

  • The council approved reappointing city attorney John Miller and city clerk Cary Noe in those roles. The measures passed unanimously.
  • Allen formally introduced four new council members – McKinney, Ronnie Dooley, Faye Howell and Donnie Munford.


The next meeting of the Campbellsville City Council is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Campbellsville Civic Center.