Archive for Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Football field plan sidelined for now

November 28, 2006


Local 8-man football team will have to wait for it's own field

Douglas County Commissioners delayed approval today for a plan that calls for a lighted football field at 1470 N1000 just 3 miles South of Lawrence. Enlarge video

Approval to build a lighted football field and concession building on church property south of Lawrence was delayed Monday by the Douglas County Commission.

Commissioners said they wanted to make sure the site at Forest View Ministries, 1470 N. 1000 Road, is used only for church-related religious events and not to generate revenue. They said they thought a revenue-generating site would require rezoning because the property is zoned for agricultural use.

First Church of the Nazarene owns the property, which covers 91 acres. The football field would be used by Veritas Christian School, a nondenominational church school at 256 N. Mich.

The school wouldn't pay the church for use of the field, representatives said. No one from the church was present at the commission meeting.

"We shouldn't assume what their intent is, and they shouldn't assume that we know what their intent is," County Commission Chairman Bob Johnson said, referring to the church.

Commissioners directed Sandra Day, a planner in the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Department, to craft a statement to go with the site plan that sets a condition that the field and related developments be for church-related religious use only.

In 1999, the County Commission approved a site plan presented by the church. But the latest proposal has some differences, such as placement of the field and certain amenities.

The building that houses the concession stand would include a press box and locker room. There also would be seating for 100 to 150 spectators.

In other business, commissioners approved a 3.5 percent cost of living pay increase for county employees. Last summer while preparing the 2007 county budget, commissioners set the pay increase at 3 percent.

Commissioners granted the latest increase after learning the Consumer Price Index for the Kansas City area showed the cost of food alone had increased 3.7 percent.


Jackalope 11 years, 6 months ago

A football field? Church-related religious events? How much thought does this decision take?

Stephen Roberts 11 years, 6 months ago

Can this also be said for PLAY wanting a football/soccer complex?

Rick Werner 11 years, 6 months ago

You know why the commision put this on hold? They are trying to figure out how they can get a piece of the pie. Its pretty sad when something as obvious as this and P.L.A.Y are put off due to our commisioners. What a joke. This city is becoming a youth and faith freindly JOKE!!

Stephen Roberts 11 years, 6 months ago

To my knowledge PLAY hasn't been put off. It has been the responsibility of the school district for high school athletics and the city's responsibility for youth athlectics.

Maybe I do not understand clearly but those two groups had to prioritize their uses of taxpayer money. Personally, I do not thing a football/soccer complex is a good idea. i would rather see the money being spent at Freestate at LHS to improve those football fields so they could play there at the school. There are a lot of schools across the nation that play at a field near their school. To me just because Overland Park and Topeka have football complexes doesn't mean we to have one.

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