Still No Decision on Cam-Plex Park
After further discussion at Thursday night’s meeting, the Campbell County Joint Powers Public Land Board is still no closer to making a decision on whether or not to transfer ownership of Cam-Plex Park from the land board to Campbell County. Although the Parks and Rec Department has managed the park for the last 35 years, all maintenance and projects must first go to the land board for approval.
The idea of a land transfer was first brought up at a County Commission meeting in February.
Parks and Rec Executive Director Rick Mansur said the transfer would streamline the process. He also stressed to both boards that nothing about Cam-Plex Park would change with the transfer.
Mansur used the extensive repairs anticipated at the WPA building and the possibility of eventually tying the restrooms into city sewer as necessary maintenance items that could be addressed and planned for during the annual budget process, rather than being brought before the land board for consideration.
Land board member Robert Quintana said he was concerned that if the county took over Cam-Plex Park, what they would want to take over next.
County Commission Administrative Director Robert Palmer told the land board the commissioners have no intention of taking over any other parts of the facility. Palmer also reminded the board that along with managing the park, Campbell County has also footed the bill for the operation and administrative costs associated with Cam-Plex Park.
Board member Skyler Pownall voiced his concern that deeding the land to the county would set a precedent. However, that precedent was already set with the construction of Fire Station # 7 at the corner of South Garner Lake Road and Martingale Drive.
According to Campbell County Fire Department Interim Fire Chief J.R. Fox, department records show 2.5 acres of the park was deeded to the fire department in 2010.
Land board chairman Kevin Couch asked Mansur to prepare a presentation to share at next month’s land board meeting when more of the stakeholders from the city and the county will be present to discuss the matter.
Commissioner Bob Maul and Councilman Nathan McLeland were the only elected representatives from the two funding agencies present at Thursday night’s meeting.