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Floyd County

February 21, 2013

Residents protest proposed Floyd County ball park

County attorney takes leave of absence



“[In accordance with the county’s masterplan] we had talked about a parks district on that side of Floyd County,” said Commissioners’ President Steve Bush. “What spurred this on is the Little League ... they came to us three or four years ago. We will look at that as a parks district and see what finances are involved. This is in the very beginning stage.”

Several residents spoke about the proposal, including Tom Graham, who received a standing ovation from fellow neighbors following his presentation. He said there are other parcels of land not surrounded by neighborhoods in the city that would be more suitable for a Little League complex.

“Why are you looking to turn green space into a commercial site?” he asked the commissioners. “Why are we working against our own community leaders? Our solitude will be destroyed. There will be waves of traffic on Kamer Miller Road, and Highland Oaks will not be safe.”

Graham added that putting a Little League complex in the two-mile fringe area along Charlestown Road would also prohibit inner-city children from participating in the league.

“This will only increase the division between the haves and have-nots,” he said. “How can they make it all the way out Charlestown Road? Please reconsider this and work with the city for the common good of the community.”

“I implore our city and county officials to work together on this and other parks initiatives,” Highland Oaks resident Bill Grover said. “I don’t want Charlestown Road to become [like Louisville’s] Dixie Highway.”

Pinaire said he knows the land will be developed at some point, but several stipulations need to be in place, including not connecting Charlestown Road with Highland Oaks Drive and building a 5- to 6-foot berm between the park and subdivision, before a plan is approved.

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