The newly formed Town of Versailles Park Board held its first
public meeting on Thursday, October 13.
The new park board is composed of four Versailles residents:
Gil Landwehr, Matt McNew, Brian Romans and Jeff Hamm. All board
members were present.
New soccer fields at the sports complex were discussed during
As for the soccer fields, I talked to DeDe Fields and
Andi Richter, said Landwehr. They have intentions
of if we build it they will come. Fields and
Richter are members of the Ripley County Soccer Club.
The board presented blueprints of the soccer fields to be added
to the sports complex. They were not happy with the direction
of the soccer fields in the blueprints and are looking to change
the direction in order to make parking and access to the fields
easier for everyone. The board is in agreement to go forward
with the planning and building of the soccer fields and is now
waiting on the town boards approval.
Board members explained the building of the soccer fields would
not affect the plans to build an additional baseball/softball
field at the complex.
The park board also discussed making the sports complex more
handicap accessible. We need to be handicap accessible
by the time we open in May, said Landwehr.
Short-term and long-term plans for the sports complex were also
on the evenings agenda. The short-term plans are the soccer
fields and the baseball/softball field additions. As for long-term
plans, the board hopes to have a walking trail that could also
act as a road that would allow for easier access to the complex.
In other news:
The board approved to immediately post an ad in the newspaper
for an applicant to run the 2012 summer baseball and softball
The board approved to eventually post an ad in the newspaper
for an applicant to run next years soccer program.
The board agreed to hold quarterly meetings beginning
in January 2012. The board will meet the second Thursday of
the months of January, April, July, and October at 8:00 p.m.
at the Verasilles Town Hall. Meetings are subject to change.