The Trigg County Recreation Complex Board, which met Monday, chose not to approve a second agreement with the TCYAA, instead voting to wait until after the TCYAA’s elections and to hold a special-called meeting on Monday, July 26 to vote on the matter. Complex Board Member Stacy Futrell abstained from that vote.
On the TCYAA web site at www.tcyaa.org, TCYAA President Charles “Buggs” Terrell officially announced that because of the complex board’s lack of action, the TCYAA will be no more starting in September.
“The Complex Board took no action on the matter, essentially forcing TCYAA to cease operations in September,” Terrell said on the web site.
A document written by Terrell on May 24 stated that the TCYAA needed an answer by the complex board’s Monday meeting, and that if the board didn’t renew the contract, TCYAA would honor the contract but would then cease all operations after Aug. 31.
“This looks like an ultimatum,” said Larry Lawrence, who is on the complex board but isn’t a voting member.
The document was to remain confidential to the public until the June 14 meeting, but Terrell stated at the meeting and in the document that it would be available to the complex board, Complex Director Eldridge Rogers and the office of Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries.
Complex Board Director Ralph Thomas, however, said he had withheld it from everyone else until the meeting, and said, “That was my mistake.”
Thomas said they wanted to wait until after the TYCAA’s July 12 elections so that they would know who the new officers would be. Terrell has said he didn’t want another term as the TCYAA president.
“We need confirmation that we’ll be running the program next year,” Terrell said.
Thomas and several board members had issue with a segment of the document that asked for the recreation complex to give the TCYAA 8 percent of gross receipts from concession stand sales, which Terrell said would go toward complex improvements.
Complex Board Jim Perrin and others stated that it would likely be illegal to give that 8 percent to the TCYAA, as the money generated from the concession stand isn’t the complex board’s to give out.
The contract would have been, for the most part, the same as the current contract, aside from that request, the TCYAA paying a $2.50 per child per season field rental fee and the TCYAA being allowed to run its own concessions for two summer tournaments held at the complex.
Although Perrin and a few others wanted to approve the contract without the 8-percent exception, a motion stating exactly that failed without a second.
Thomas and others also expressed concerns that Terrell didn’t bring the TCYAA’s financial statements with him. Complex Board Member Thelma Fowler said they would need those before they can approve the new contract.
Terrell said he didn’t know he needed to bring them and added that they are available for the complex board to view.
On the other hand, several board members told Terrell that they liked what TCYAA was doing and wanted to renew the contract.
Terrell said that more than 1,000 people, including youth, parents and others, were involved in TCYAA.
“The biggest issue is satisfying parents, and that is hard to do,” said Thomas. “And you’re never going to satisfy them all.”
Complex Board Member Scotty Hampton asked what the rush to approve the new contract was, given that TYCAA elections wouldn’t be until next month and the current contract doesn’t expire until the end of August.
Terrell attributed the need to approve the contract at that meeting to time constraints and financial obligations.
The TCYAA was founded last year with a stated goal of improving baseball and softball fields and leagues in Trigg County.