Complex Board spends night talking motocross, donation of land
by Alan Reed
Sep 11, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A fence, estimated to cost between $4,000 and $4,500 appears to be keeping the Trigg County Recreation Complex from resuming motocross events. At Monday night’s Complex Board of Directors’ meeting, the board discussed motocross, soccer, baseball, maintenance and future improvements.

Roger Knight said that several local businesses, including Lakeland Kawasaki planned to sponsor the motocross event. He proposed a 60/40 split between organizers and the complex, with the complex receiving its 40 percent from the gross of participation fees and admission.

Knight said that organizers would provide insurance for the event and require riders to sign a waiver to practice. Board Member Sonny Ladd did not feel that the waiver would protect the complex from liability in event of an accident.

Organizers would prepare the track using water from local volunteer fire departments, which would also rotate operations of the concession stand. Knight added that the Trigg County Rescue Squad agreed to remain at the scene of events to act as first responders. “None of us are trying to get rich, we just want a place to have motocross.”

Knight said that organizers could charge between $5-$6 for children and $8-$12 for spectators. He said a fee would be charged for riders to participate in the 6-8 events planned annually. To protect spectators, and discourage unauthorized riding, Knight said that the complex needed 1,600 feet of fencing that he estimated to cost between $4,000 and $4,500. Knight said he thought at least some of the fencing materials might be donated, or offered for a discounted price.

“The big hang up is the money for the fence,” said Board Chairman Kevin Terrell, “I have to be the one to ask the fiscal court for the money and have to show this can be supported.”

Terrell said that he would like a contract detailing motocross organizers’ insurance plans and plans for the complex for review by County Attorney H.B. Quinn. Lakeland Kawasaki Manager James Smith said he would collect samples of practice waivers, and Knight planned to review the insurance.

“If we have the fence, it would take a couple of days to build the track,” said Knight.

Board Member Thelma Fowler said of a recent poker run fundraiser for the complex, held by Lakeland Kawasaki, “We haven’t got the money from them from their fundraiser. If they are going to use our name for an event and haven’t given us the money, it bothers me.”

Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department Chief Doug Latham approached the board about obtaining a lease for land to build a substation for his company. He said that Montgomery VFD covers the complex and much of the surrounding area, but their only station is nearly five miles away. Latham said that for purposes of homeowners’ insurance that means that homeowners are considered by insurers to have no fire coverage.

“It’s of benefit to our response time and a life-safety factor. It is a benefit to the complex as well because your insurance will go down as well,” Latham said.

The chief said he wanted a half-acre of complex land to lease for $1 per year for a 99-year term. He said that the department would pay for a metal building with rolling doors to accommodate a tank and a pump engine. “We picked out a place beside a storage building that seemed to be out of the way of the rest of the complex over by the gate near the trailer park. All we need is a piece of land that is relatively flat and has access to the road. There will be no cost for the complex. We’ll take care of the building and the electricity. If for some reason the department collapses, the land and the building will revert to the complex.”

Latham added that several members of his company and other companies lived nearby and would be able to staff the fire department in event of a fire.

“I don’t know if it is ours to give you,” Said Terrell. “The deed says that half of the complex is owned by the county and half is owned by the city. You may have to go to them.”

Latham said that he had spoken to County Judge/Executive Stan Humphries who gave informal approval, and would talk to the County Attorney to find out what would be required.

Fowler said, “I’m the number one supporter of this, and have been wanting this for years.”

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