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The Lebanon City Council recently approved a recommendation from the park board to begin charging a $125 fee for teams to use its ball fields (not including Little League and schools teams) and some think its unfair.
Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw reported to the council Monday, June 10, that he received a call from a representative on the Sluggers traveling team complaining about the fee.
“In fairness to the group's complaint, they mentioned all the people they bring in that eat at restaurants and stay at hotels,” he said. “All that is true. On the other hand, we've got over a million dollars in debt on the park.”
According to Parks Director Matthew Mattingly, the $125 fee is minimal compared to what other parks in the region charge. He said Lawrenceburg charges $125 per field per day. Bardstown has similar policy. Nicholasville doesn’t allow any outside tournaments to come play on their fields. And, for a four-day tournament, Lincoln County charges $1,800.
“Sounds like we're too cheap,” Councilman Jay Grundy said, laughing.
Crenshaw said the city’s ball field fee is to help pay for expenses such as manpower and supplies, not to get rich.
“I wanted to bring this up because as we start the tournament season many of these teams are going to be getting bills for usage,” he said. “They are good organizations that mean a lot to the community but we will just have to agree to disagree.”
City approves street meets and tent revival
The Lebanon City Council voted to approve a request from Charles P. Neal, minister at Bethel Star Church, to hold “street meets” from June 13 to Aug. 15, on Thursday’s only, beginning at 7 p.m., at Rosenwald Village, Warren Acres, Cleaver Court, Hamilton Heights, Sunset Terrace and Hardin Place. He also asked for permission to have a tent revival July 12-13 from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the church’s property on Lincoln Avenue.