Up­keep of Mans­field com­mu­nity cen­ter up to New­ton County

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - DANIELLE EVER­SON deverson@cov­news.com

The New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved an in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal agree­ment with the city of Mans­field to be solely re­spon­si­ble for the gen­eral main­te­nance of the cen­ter and cre­ated a com­mit­tee for the Mans­field Com­mu­nity Cen­ter at its Dec. 18 meet­ing.

County At­tor­ney Tommy Craig shared back- ground in­for­ma­tion about the com­mu­nity cen­ter in Mans­field with the board and ex­plained why it was nec­es­sary to ap­prove the agree­ment.

“The Mans­field Com­mu­nity Cen­ter [has] served as a com­mu­nity meet­ing fa­cil­ity for many years,” Craig said. “The county be­gan to use it some time ago as a vot­ing precinct … at some point the com­mu­nity cen­ter fell into a state of dis­re­pair and the peo­ple in Mans­field ap­proached county com­mis­sion­ers about the pos­si­bil­ity of mak­ing re­pairs and ren­o­vat­ing it so that it could serve not only as a vot­ing precinct, but as a com­mu­nity cen­ter. In 1996 the prop­erty was deeded to the county.”

“For quite some time, [we have] op­er­ated un­der an agree­ment, but that agree­ment has been op­er­ated by a hand­shake and it’s not in writ­ing,” Craig said.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal agree­ment, New­ton County will own the Mans­field Com­mu­nity Cen­ter; and the county and the city of Mans­field will have spe­cific re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for op­er­at­ing, us­ing and main­tain­ing the fa­cil­ity.

Un­der the agree­ment, the county will be re­spon­si­ble for over­all main­te­nance of the fa­cil­ity in­clud­ing se­cur­ing and fund­ing li­a­bil­ity in­surance, util­ity pay­ments, main­te­nance of ma­jor elec­tri­cal, plumb­ing or HVAC sys­tems and other struc­tural com­po­nents.

The city of Mans­field will be re­spon­si­ble for main­tain­ing the fa­cil­ity as a ren­tal fa­cil­ity and will over­see its meet­ing sched­ule and the tak­ing of ren­tal money. The city will re­ceive $25 per paid book­ing ex­clud­ing the use of the fa­cil­ity for of­fi­cial county and city busi­ness.

In ad­di­tion to the in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal agree­ment, the BOC also ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion to form the Mans­field Com­mu­nity Cen­ter Com­mit­tee, which in­cludes 12 mem­bers. In the com­mit­tee, three of the mem­bers must be the New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers District Com­mis­sioner, the mayor of Mans­field or his de­signee and the Chair­man of the New­ton County Board of Elec­tions or his de­signee.

The re­main­ing nine mem­bers should be New­ton County ci­ti­zens ap­pointed by the District Com­mis­sioner. The BOC ap­proved for ci­ti­zens Kitty King, Betty Jo Marks, Wayne Black­well, Mary Hays and Julius Hays to serve four-year terms on the com­mit­tee; and for Mary Ed­wards, Larry Jack­son, Linda Cobb and David Hays to serve twoyear terms on the com­mit­tee. Com­mis­sioner Mort Ewing made the point that all the ap­proved com­mit­tee mem­bers were based on rec­om­men­da­tions from the com­mu­nity and be­cause of their prior involvement with the Mans­field Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

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