The Union Recorder


February 28, 2014

County officials promise immediate action


County Commissioner Henry Craig, District 4, who sits on the Baldwin County Recreation Department's policy committee, said he is aware of the facility issue that boiled over last weekend. Seeing photographs, which also made their way to social media, taken of the ball field facilities was a reality check and call to action.

“We are guilty, and we need to find a way to fix every issue they brought up,” he said. “We have to find the resources to maintain that facility, or it is a great waste of trust of the community.”

County Commissioner Johnny Westmoreland, District 5, said several citizens called, emailed or expressed face-to-face distaste for the ball field facilities’ current quality.

“We know now that the problems are bad, and we are going to try and take some action to alleviate some of those problems,” Westmoreland said. “There are going to be some things happen over the next few weeks to free up some money for the recreation department to handle this.”

McMullen confirmed, “some money would be loosened up to get these things done.”

“That’s what the issue is,” he said.

When asked McMullen did not, however, elaborate on where the county will get those funds.

A scheduled travel ball tournament decided not to come to Baldwin County this weekend. 

Westmoreland said Gray and Dublin received the back-up plan choice.

“That’s how bad the facility is,” he said.

Tournaments are great, but county residents should be the No. 1 priority.

“If we don’t make some changes and turn this around, we are going to lose out all together,” Westmoreland said. “It’s got to happen quick. We’ve got to change the way we do business.”

Craig said the seven full-time recreation employees have to find a way to do as much as they can with the resources available.

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