After much discussion and despite a lack of outside funding commitments, the Barren County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday night to cover the cost of installing lights at two baseball fields in Jackie Browning Park, which will be up to $22,000 every year for the next 10 years.
While the request was made as early as before the fields were built, the lighting discussion was renewed at the January fiscal court meeting. A Barren County Sports League was recently formed to consolidate some of Barren County’s baseball and softball programs, and president Jon Hall and Barren County Recreation Board chairman Bud Tarry went before the court on Jan. 15 to request the court pay for lighting for the two fields that remain unlit.
On Jan. 15, the fiscal court told Hall and Tarry to secure as much community donation as possible, and return to the court in February to discuss the funding again. At Tuesday night’s meeting, Tarry and Hall told the fiscal court that they have secured a $10,000 donation from BB&T, divided as $2,500 for four years, and the sports league has also made $5,000 worth of revenue from selling banners to local businesses and received an additional $1,000 cash donation. The total donations for the first year are currently $8,500. It will cost up to $22,000 annually over a 10-year payment plan to pay for the lights. The $170,000 cost estimated at the Jan. 15 meeting was increased due to the costs of financing a payment plan, making the long term cost $220,000 to install lights at two baseball fields.
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