At a called meeting on Thursday, the Scott County Board of Supervisors voted to pay a portion of the paving expenses for an access road leading to the complex. The school board and the Gate City Town Council are footing the rest of the bill for the paving.
According to previous reports from the Times News, the baseball, softball, soccer and track facility was built to accommodate all Scott County athletic programs, with the baseball and softball fields intended as home fields for Gate City teams.
The approximately $2 million complex is situated on 15 acres behind the Scott County Career and Technical School in Gate City. Construction on the complex began several years ago, but the lingering problem of access has prevented it from being used.
What happened earlier this month?
Paving an access road to the sports complex came up during this month’s regular Board of Supervisors meeting on Oct. 2. At that time, the school board and Gate City Town Council requested the Board of Supervisors pay a portion of the paving expenses.
Citing a lack of up-to-date information on the complex, the Board of Supervisors voted to table the funding request. Supervisors Danny Mann and Marshall Tipton opposed, saying the county shouldn’t be responsible for stalling the project.
What happened this week?
The Board of Supervisors revisited the issue at its called meeting on Thursday, at which time Scott County Schools Superintendent John Ferguson, Gate City Town Manager Greg Jones and Gate City Town Council member Allan “Cotton” Roberts explained the access road.
Ferguson said the road would run alongside the gazebo at Fellowship Community Church. The total cost for paving is $26,800, meaning the Board of Supervisors, school board and Gate City Town Council will each pay $8,933.
The road will not be open for use to the general public, Ferguson said. Rather, it will be used only to transport athletes to and from the complex; at other times, it will be fenced off. Roberts noted that visitors of the sports complex will access it via the regular route through Filter Plant Ford.
Once the paving is complete, there is still much work to be done at the complex itself. According to a 2015 report made to the school board, the complex still needs bleachers, storage for maintenance equipment, a PA system, dugouts, a sewer line and many other additions.
“It’s going to be a work in progress for the next few months, years,” Supervisor Marshall Tipton said, with Roberts adding, “At least we’re working. It’s been sitting there for 12 years.”