Resident questions lock change at Vernon Sportsplex

Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 10:36 AM.

CHIPLEY — A town resident and peewee football coach asked the Vernon City Council why the council had approved changing the locks on the city’s Sportsplex — only to be told that the council had no knowledge of the lock change.

Jason Bullard asked the council on Monday, Oct. 28, why his Washington County youth football squad was being denied use of the city park to practice in preparation for the upcoming Snapper Bowl, which will be held in Panama City Beach beginning on Nov. 27.

“We’ve been practicing in Wausau, and that’s okay, but I don’t understand why we can’t practice here at the city park,” Bullard said. “We’re just doing this for the kids, and it doesn’t cost the city anything for us to practice there.”

Bullard said his group of kids is an all-star group that is preparing to compete in the Snapper Bowl, and has students from both Washington and Holmes Counties participating. This year the town of Ponce de Leon is providing insurance for the team, but last year Vernon provided that coverage, Bullard said.

“Your name was not brought up at the workshop,” said Councilman Tray Hawkins. “We have discussed not having practices at night at the parks where you have to use the lights, but other than that, I don’t think we can tell you not to use the parks.”

Hawkins said the park was built for public use with grant money, so it was open to use by the public.

City Attorney Michelle Tagert asked Bullard to make sure the city of Vernon is listed as a payee on the insurance if the parks.

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