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Baseball easements finalized by city, county

“This is not just about a baseball complex, this is about projects we don’t even know are coming up yet that we have to work together on,” Chancery Clerk Tillmon Bishop said to the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors Monday. “That will include jobs and economic development. It’s not just about a ballpark, it’s about things to come.”

Bishop addressed the board about construction easements for the future baseball complex. The board approved the easements, which will allow construction to begin soon.  In order for the board to proceed with the baseball complex, the county needed the city’s permission to access land surrounding Hansel King Sportsplex during construction.

The county also asked for permission to use Hansel King Road to access the baseball complex until the county can  build a road to Beltline Drive. Due to permitting issues, the road is expected to take longer to build than the complex.

“So after a lot of meetings and a lot of hard work by the commission and certainly by our engineer and our attorney, all three of these we had requested have been approved,” Bishop said.

“The city has worked with the county really well at the end,” Bishop said, assuring the board the legal documents that would allow construction on the project to begin are all in order.

“We had to go through several meetings and go through several drawings, just to make sure everything was correct,” he said. “The Board of Alderman were very nice in allowing this, because they didn’t have to do it. Remember, they didn’t have to do this.”

Officials hope to have the field opened by 2016.

In other business, the Board of Supervisors:

• Acknowledged National Day of Prayer to be observed May 7 at noon on the steps at the courthouse.

•  Approved a 1 cent mileage increase following the same federal and state changes. The board also approved the mileage reimbursement.

•  Moved to correct a solid waste account payment that was paid on the wrong account by someone with the same name.

•  Approved to execute the final acceptance of Greenview Trail project.

•  Approved a utility agreement request for a Motes Creek LSBP 3348 project.

•  Acknowledged the renewal of a section-16 lease agreement the board renews every year.

• Approved a motion to refund two land sale refunds to correct having been double assessed due to mapping errors.