Parking problem for Tyson Memorial Sports Complex resolved

Beth Rumsey
Staff Writer

Parking for the Tyson Memorial Sports Complex was discussed at the Versailles Town Council regular meeting on Thursday, June 10. According to park board member Don Tankersley, there has been additional parking areas completed providing ample parking for the complex. Tankersley apologized to the neighboring homeowners for the parking problems over the past few weeks since the sports complex opened.

A request for an additional shelter building was approved. Tankersley noted that the park board would like to name the individual ball fields after Roscoe “Lefty” Sutherlin, William Gus Moorhead, and Bill Pangburn.

Dan Goris requested the town consider applying for grant money to pay for the installation of street lights in the Harvest Ridge Subdivision. According to council president John Holzer, the town will apply to the Tyson Fund and to the Rising Sun Regional Foundation.

Versailles Fire Department Chief Ben Sieverding announced that open house for the new fire station in the industrial park would be Saturday, June 19. He also requested the council consider raising the fire contract to $22,000 for the 2011 budget.

Jennifer Sturgeon of Horse Feathers introduced her plans for a facility that would specialize in equine assisted therapy for disabled people. According to Sturgeon, Horse Feathers would provide physical, occupational, and speech therapy for the disabled.

The facility will house an arena, office space, banquet hall, and industrial kitchen. In addition to therapy, the organization will provide job training, classrooms, and areas for supervised visitations for parents and children.

Plans will include a working farm with gardens and animals providing important life skills for children. Sturgeon hopes to begin construction soon and requested support from the town and the community.

All council members were in attendance. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, July 8 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Versailles Town Hall.