Board Chairman Kevin Terrell said that in 2007, the Complex made $2,800 on rentals of the convention center while spending nearly $1,000 to clean up after events.
Complex Director Jerry Radford said that he had met with a maintenance firm and discussed the problem of cleaning the building. He said that after the company reviewed the facility and the schedule of events, they would offer an estimate for services. “This is why we are looking at alternatives,” he said. “We rent the building for $150 and only make half of that or less once we pay to have it cleaned.”
Radford said that plans for July 4 activities continued. “We want to plant a seed by generating interest this year, so that people know we will be having activities in the years to come.” He said that he had discussed plans for conducting church services with local congregations on the Fourth, as it falls on a Wednesday this year. He added that County Judge/Executive Stan Humphries and Magistrate Larry Lawrence hoped to organize a tractor pull at the event and J.D. Wyatt discussed the possibility of a square dance. Other possibilities included baseball or softball tournaments. According to Radford, Humphries specified that all July 4 events would not have a cover charge.
Plans for a church softball league continued to gain interest from at least six local congregations, according to Radford. He did not specify a time frame to begin league operations.
Radford said that despite an April 1 sign-up date and a $20 late fee, parents still enrolled children as late as the meeting date for summer youth baseball. “Teams have too many kids when parents sign up late. Eventually we need to make new teams, but we have to find new sponsors and coaches. It is not fair to the existing coaches and teams.”
Board Member Ralph Thomas moved to create a policy requiring late enrollees to wait on a list until 11 other players joined to create a new team. Players from previous seasons would not automatically be posted on their previous team if late to enroll, but go to the new team, instead. The board passed this motion without opposition.
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