Trigg County Attorney Randy Braboy spoke to the Recreation Complex Board when they met Monday night at the convention center to try to answer that question.
The question is one that board members have been wondering about, especially with regard to what they call “special events” – rodeos, tractor pulls, family reunions and other uses that aren’t related to ball games.
Since the complex board is a “subunit” of the Trigg County Fiscal Court, they would be the ones that would probably be found liable, unless a complex board member was actually present during the accident, Braboy said.
“This board is not going to get sued, no lawyer’s going to sue you because you don’t have any money,” said Braboy said. “The Trigg Fiscal Court is who they’re going to name, they own the property, they own the facilities.”
Trigg County, like most counties in Kentucky, has insurance through the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo), said Braboy, who added that for at least two special events last year, Trigg County Treasurer Lucy Oliver called KACo and asked for special insurance for those events.
But Complex Board Chairman Ralph Thomas said what they really wanted to know is if the county is covered if someone rents the complex and has an accident. Braboy said that the county would ultimately be liable.
Recreation Complex Manager Eldridge Rogers said that high school baseball and softball have started, as has middle school baseball, and that league play should begin tomorrow, weather permitting.
“Three of the fields are totally ready to go,” Rogers said. “That’s mostly what we’ve been
concentrating on, is field preparation.”
However, they weren’t able to do much work to the soccer field because the field was never dry enough for it, he added.
During the treasurer’s report, Rogers mentioned the tractor and mower that the fiscal court bought for the complex recently.
Board members, however, expressed concerns that because the money spent was included in the treasurer’s report, it looked like the complex was over-budget by about $3,000 in the area of “complex support,” even though complex money was not spent on these items.
Rogers said he didn’t know about those expenditures at the March meeting. Thomas and other board members said that while they were thankful for the new equipment, they wished they had been informed of them ahead of time.
The budget estimate for “complex improvement” was $2,500, but as of March the complex has spent $17,611. Rogers called the $2,500 estimate “ridiculous” and said that the estimate probably doesn’t include work to the soccer field.
The rest of the meeting consisted of an open discussion on a variety of issues, including complaints from locals about the complex. Thomas said that the Trigg County Youth Athletic Association scheduled games during Relay for Life and Trigg County High School’s graduation ceremony.
Thomas told the board that Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries said there were to be no games scheduled during either of those events. Rogers said he would talk to TCYAA officials about it.
Board Member Shane Dixon talked about the need for more parking, calling the current parking situation “a travesty.” He suggested more parking near the soccer field. Thomas told him to draw up a tentative plan and bring it up again at the next board meeting.
Rogers said that while growth is a good thing, the complex is going to need the infrastructure to support that growth. However, with all the activity that has gone on at the complex recently, the time is right to ask the fiscal court for help in improving that infrastructure. “The iron is hot,” he said.