Jellico leases ball field to BOE; hires part-time police officer

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By Charlotte Underwood

In a special called meeting Monday night, the Jellico Mayor and Board of Aldermen approved a lease contract between the town of Jellico and the Campbell County Board of Education (BOE).  In the terms of the lease, the BOE has full access to Jellico’s ball field during baseball and softball season.

During a previous board meeting, Alderman Mike Smith contested the wording of the original contract and asked that certain issues be clarified.

 “This contract says they aren’t obligated to make repairs and improvements and they won’t be for 20 years,” stated Smith.  He said he had a problem with the length of the lease agreement if there was no obligation on the BOE’s part to improve the ball field.

“Twenty years is a long time for nothing,” said Smith at the previous meeting.

Alderman Darrell Byrge informed the board he had spoken with county commissioner Stan Marlow about the issue.

“I asked him to take the no obligation part out of it and it looks like he did do that,” said Byrge as he looked at the new contract.  He said Marlow also told him the board needed to vote on the issue by July 1, or there wouldn’t be any money to put into the ball field.

After a brief discussion, the board voted unanimously to lease the ball field to the BOE under the terms the BOE upkeep the ball field for the next 20 years.

“They (BOE) will be responsible for up keeping the field during the time they use it,” said Byrge.  

“The county put through around $40,000 and they are going to use it to fix the fencing, the infield, drainage problems and the lighting,” Byrge said.

The board also discussed and approved the hiring of part-time police officer Robbie Goins.  According to police commissioner Elsie Crawford, the Jellico Police has needed the extra help for a while now, but the problem was compacted around six weeks ago when veteran Jellico Officer Ronnie Lewis injured his back.

“We’re not sure when he’s going to be back to work, and we needed the extra help anyway,” Crawford said.  Goins will be working in Jellico for 20-hours a week.