Voted expected at Jan. 28 meeting

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 05:29 PM.

Smith told the board about $69,000 would be needed to operate the park for a year. That cost would cover supplies and the salary for one maintenance worker.

Commissioner Danny Walsh said he expected the cost to be higher, adding that Havelock police would likely have to be involved.

Sanders felt the city’s budget could handle the expense, adding that even if the city didn’t get the grant, the price of the property was a good deal.

"It would be better than where they are right now," he said.

The Greenfield Heights property is smaller and carries a $1.1 million cost. It does have a baseball diamond and room for two non-regulation soccer fields. It also has a 13,000 square-foot building with indoor basketball court, showers, kitchen and meeting rooms.

Smith said an additional $395,000 in upgrades would be needed and estimated annual operating costs at $219,000, which would include three more employees.

"If somebody can come up with an out-of-the-box idea about how we can operate it, I’m on board." Sanders said.

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