will be ready to play ball!
Cumberworth of the Versailles Sports Complex Park Board updated
the Versailles Town Council on progress being made at the regular
meeting on Thursday, February 11. According to Cumberworth, Phase
I of the project, which includes three of the four planned ball
fields, is completed with the board looking at bids for the construction
of soccer fields and the fourth ball field is in the second phase
of the project.
Currently, there are not enough funds to begin the second phase
due to unforeseen expenses in the construction of the ball fields.
There will definitely be soccer fields, said Cumberworth.
Cumberworth noted that the fields will be ready for ball games
this spring. Plans for a grand opening and tournament are in the
works, he noted.
Town Council President John Holzer noted that eventually the sports
complex will be self supporting by using the funds generated by
the concessions sales and tournaments played.
The park board will also include three members from the soccer
board. The motion to appoint Andi Richter, John Brison, and Dee
Dee Fields to the park board was unanimously approved.
In other town business, Juanita Lawson, Versailles, presented
photos of the damage caused by an incident involving a blockage
in the sewer in December. According to Lawson, the company hired
by the water department attempted to blow a blockage caused by
grease in the sewer, which resulted in the contents of the sewer
exploding from her toilet onto the walls and carpet in the master
Holzer noted that the town has paid for the clean up at the Lawson
home, as well as expenses incurred by Lawson until she could return
to her home.
Bob Curry, Curry and Associates, presented possible water sources
for the town noting that the current water supply is continuing
to fill with silt making it costly to prepare for drinking.
Curry reported that Hoosier Hills Water Department required a
$2 million hook-up fee to pay for improvements. Another option
included hook-up with Jennings Water with the installation of
new water lines at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville.
According to Curry, there is possible cost sharing opportunities
with the Holton Water Department. Curry will schedule a meeting
with Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission and officials
from the Jennings County Water Department to determine if grants
could be used to fund this project. The goal is to get a good
source of water, said Curry.
In other business:
The board accepted the bid of $30,000 for the senior citizens
meal site building.
Street Department supervisor Kevin Hensley reported that
his crew will need to estimate meters due to the snow.
All board members were in attendance along with town attorney
Larry Eaton to advise. The next meeting will be held on Thursday,
March 11 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Versailles Town Hall.