(10/07/2005)
The Calhoun Commission approved a new plan to manage Wayne Underwood Field, appointing the Calhoun County Wood Festival to schedule events and provide user agreements.

Judy Powell and Sue Oshoway from the Wood Festival, represented their group at yesterdays meeting.

"We hope to work with all the parties interested in keeping the field going," said Oshoway, "Besides making it a place in which the community can be proud."

The commission was given the property by the Calhoun County Board of Education, provided the commission make the property available to county residents for recreational and civic purposes.

"We hope to use the property in the manner the school board wanted it to be used," said commission President Larry McCallister.

Commissioners then approved a Mission Statement for the complex:

"Wayne Underwood Field is dedicated to multi-purpose community activities related to the recreational and social needs of the citizens of Calhoun County, both young and old, including sports activities, recreational opportunities, social gatherings, special events, and other activities that would engage and enhance the lives of its users."

The commission asked that a set of rules and regulations be developed for those using the field.

Each user would be required to sign a user agreement, and either pay a fee for the use of the facility or donate maintenance work or make improvements to the complex.

The Wood Festival committee, besides being responsible for the general operation and maintenance of the complex, is being asked to perform some fund-raising activities.

Commissioner Rick Sampson said a small picnic shelter financed by RC & D has been erected on the field, and a second larger shelter will soon be constructed near the snack bar.

"Lots of people are using the walking trail," he said, an asphalt walkway recently completed around the perimeter of the field.

The commission recently allocated $500 to the Youth Football League to make water improvements to the rest rooms.

During the past year improvements have been made to water, electric and sewage to the complex, using grant money.

The commission passed a motion negating any past measures to manage the field.


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