March 2, 2009
The Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority tonight will attempt to move one step closer to constructing a multi-purpose sportsplex by analyzing properties submitted for the project.
The five-member CLRA board of directors and the city-county ad hoc recreation committee will discuss and examine each of the 11 properties submitted by local landowners to be used for the project.
After Monday''s meeting, the CLRA will choose a pair of properties to submit to the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors and the Columbus City Council for funding, according to CLRA Executive Director Roger Short.
Short will present each of the sites in open session, before the board enters closed session to discuss the properties in depth.
However, the CLRA recommendation likely will not be presented to the city and county governments for several days after tonight''s meeting, Short explained.
"We will set a date that we will come back. We want to give ample time, and it''s probably going to be some time the following week (before another meeting on the matter), where we can give the Board of Supervisors and the City Council time to review the property.
"When we meet again, we hope that we will be able to give the city and county a recommendation of two properties to use for the facility."
And the CLRA board and ad hoc committee will hear public input, if offered, at its meetings, before making a recommendation.
Officials would not disclose details about the properties in advance of tonight''s meeting. But the properties include land in the Burns Bottom area, and land owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers near the Riverwalk.
Tonight''s meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the Propst Park Community Center at 6.
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