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Trustees decide not to pursue sports complex

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Village Attorney Jeff Jurgens offered his opinion to trustees at the Nov. 16 board meeting regarding the recent regional sports complex project that had been pitched to the board in October.

“We looked further, and if I were in your shoes, I’d like to see a project that’s been done start to finish,” Jurgens told board members. “I don’t think we can show a picture of a start-to-finish project.”

Jurgens was referring to other similar projects currently in various stages of construction by developer Game On Sports, a firm based in Kansas City. None of those projects has been completed yet. Game On’s managing partner David Thorman had made the presentation to the board at the Oct. 19 board meeting.

Jurgens added that some communities did speak highly of the developer. He said that the question before the board was whether there was an interest in pursuing the project. To do so would mean committing to paying a $20,000 consulting fee to Game On for a 90-day evaluation study.

“I liked it at first,” Trustee Steve Hubbard said. “I like the idea, but I don’t think it’s the right fit right now.”

Trustee Larry Reed voiced concerns about needing more staff, adding that the developer’s other projects were in bigger communities than Forsyth.

Trustee Bob Gruenewald said he views the Prairie Winds area, which had been mentioned as a potential site, as more of a residential development site.

“I’m not sure we have the space for a sports complex and a residential development,” Gruenewald said. “I have questions about financing.”

Mayor Marilyn Johnson capped off the discussion by saying that it didn’t sound like there was much interest in going any further with the topic. With that the meeting was adjourned to go into closed session.

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