Among provisions of the plan was the hiring of a second paid employee that Chairman Kevin Terrell described as someone to assist Director Jerry Radford with issues of maintenance.
The plan also called for asking the City of Cadiz to earmark funds within its budget for complex operations, making the complex usable for year-round activities, the addition of lighted tennis courts, a skate park, an archery range and walking trails. Plans also call for the instillation of video security, and an irrigation system.
A provision of the plan in 2009 discusses the relocation of the horse ring to a “more suitable location” and the instillation of electrical and water sources to service horse trailers. Approximately a dozen local residents attended the meeting last month to express their opposition to the relocation of the ring.
Board Member Stacy Futrell said, “This is a tentative idea of where we want to go from this year through 10 years. The board should look at it and see what they like and don’t like and agree where we should go. We’ve never had a 10-year plan before and it would have been neat to see a plan like this in place in 1975 to see where the complex went.”
Another member of the board, Ralph Thomas said that Radford might need clerical help as much as physical labor.
“Jerry should be the manager of the complex,” said Terrell. “This position should be more to help take care of the maintenance and stripe the fields.”
The board took no action on the 10-year plan, but planned to come back next month with changes and possibly, to ratify a final product.
In other action, the board voted unanimously to recommend the demolition of an existing concession stand and restroom building and to replace them with new, handicapped accessible facilities compliant with the current state building code.
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