Monday night, the Campbell County Commission approved spending $20,000 for additional grade work at a ball field in Jellico.
While the commission awarded the contract two months ago for $55,000, additional grade work was needed in the outfield, which was below the flood plain.
“There was some discrepancy in the engineering,” Jellico Mayor Les Stiers said.
This costs $20,000. But funds were freed up because the county’s joint venture with Jellico in bringing an oil refinery to the Taylor Machine Shop has been delayed. The commission allocated money to match an ARC grant that would have been used to pay for the construction of a rail spur. However, the project has been delayed, and because it is the end of the fiscal year, the commission voted to use the money to pay for the necessary work at the ball field instead. The county will be able to use money from next year’s budget for the rail spur.
Little League, Jellico Middle School and Jellico High School will use the field, Stiers said.
“There’s no way we should be able to play on it this year,” Stiers said. “We’ll get it completed and play on it next year.”