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Regional Sports Complex Building Initiatives Finally Underway

hc fiscal courtHOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (5/22/13) – The regular meeting of the Hopkins County Fiscal Court was held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, followed by the Fiscal Court’s Building and Grounds Committee meeting at 2:30 p.m.
 
The report of County Attorney, Todd P’Pool was that Donovan Industries has moved an estimated 80% to 90% of its blasting operations to an underground blasting chamber, and that the chamber will be “totally finished within one month.” Donovan Industries is the company located just south of Nortonville near Crofton that claimed responsibility for the explosive blasting effects in the county in months past after numerous complaints of aggravation and alleged home damage resulting as a cause from the blasts tentatively from October, 2012 through January, 2013.
 
After being mailed a formal complaint from P’Pool’s office at that time, officials at Donovan submitted an agreeable statement that the blasting operations would change to accommodate the convenience and eliminate disturbance of the citizens nearby. According to the most-recent report, they are furthering their efforts to maintain a peaceful environment while still fulfilling their company objective by moving operations underground.
 
At both meetings, the common issue being addressed was the Hopkins County Regional Sports Complex and plans to open bids for fundraising efforts to initiate building at the site. The plan has been put on a three year delay for lack of being granted a building permit that was applied for in 2009 and was just recently granted on April 4, 2013.
 
A request from Hopkins Co. YAA Board President David Lear was submitted at the Fiscal Court meeting “clarifying that the YAA ballpark is depleting and needs improving.” The Y.A.A. board is seeking to fulfill its’ role as a traditional sports park hosting games and practices throughout all four seasons in the year, as it has served as the primary recreation and sports park in the county for over 30 years. The board also requested to receive appropriate consideration in requests for funds and maintenance to do perform such maintenance at the field.
 
Board members expressed their concerns that the park is being “neglected and abandoned” since the spawn of the Regional Sports Complex, with Lear stating that “the message being conveyed to the community and to the YAA is one clouded by talk of money and building and we don’t feel like we’re being heard at YAA or being granted appropriate consideration or attention. We are still important and can serve dual purpose with the complex to benefit the community, the team members and the parents of the team members as well, without being in competition with each other politically or in any economic arena.”
 
Toney responded that the lack of attention paid to Lear’s previous request for funds for the YAA was an oversight on his part, taking responsibility as the Recreation Director for the Building and Grounds Committee, and further stated, “I do want to re-visit this request, and possibly direct some funds toward maintenance at the park. However, I do not believe the court should fund the park’s total restoration until it is decided what role the YAA park will serve once the complex is complete.”
 
The topic at the Building and Grounds Committee meeting concerning the YAA’s request occupied most of the hour and a half discussion.
 
The “first things first” issue addressed was the motion to open bid proposals for the fundraising efforts for the Sports Complex, to include full contractual stipulations, time and budget estimates and other official agreements. As of now, Shane Browning of Strategic Development consultants has presented contract to the County Attorney for review, asking the court to pay $142,000 over a seven month period, clarifying that there is no guarantee that they can raise all of the $3 mil needed to start building the complex, but confirming that they would, at minimum, raise the $142,000 so that the county and/or the county taxpayers would not be out any of their money funding the efforts via that particular professional company.
 
Further details of the contracts will be released at a later date, once bids open, and there was no action taken by the court in the proposal from Strategic Development Consultants.
 
Along with proposal for professional bidding to open for fundraising, Magistrate Toney proposed that the county ask for a loan for the building efforts. There was no action taken on that proposal either, but will be addressed at the next meeting.
 
Details on the decisions reached by Fiscal Court and the YAA Park, located on Center Street, just down the road from Hopkins County Detention Center, regarding the issues addressed during this meeting will be further elaborated on as the members of both groups come to mutual resolutions.
 
Jessica Frodge
SurfKY News

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