After a half hour of questions from those in attendance at the Monday Appanoose County Board of Supervisors, the board approved an additional $10,000 in matching funds for the Morgan E. Cline Family Sports Complex.

Rollie Rez­nicek, representing the nonprofit group behind the project, Appanoose All Play, Inc., said the Vision Iowa Board had approved a $190,000 Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grant, but stipulated greater financial support from the county.

The county supervisors had previously promised $1,000 a year for 10 years as local matching funds for the grant.

Rez­nicek said his group had been pleased with the previous county pledge and would not have been back asking for additional funding if it were not a stipulation by the state.

Gary Messersmith questioned the need for public financing of the sports complex when what was needed were more jobs in the county. He also asked that with the declining number of youth in the county, would there be enough support for the complex six or seven years in the future?

Reznicek said that Centerville was also pledging $10,000 for the 42-acre project, as well as in-kind matching support worth $16,000, which is constructing a street to the site. The Centerville Community School District has pledged $50,000 and will be using some of the sport fields.

The initial phase of construction is estimated at almost $1 million. Reznicek noted that that amount was close to be collected, with approximately $120,000 donated by Morgan Cline.

Reznicek also added that the soccer and ball fields would be open to all members of the public.

Board Chair Dean Kaster made a motion that the county provide an additional $1,000 a year for the sports complex for 10 years - and that it come from the portion of the Local Option 1 Cent sales Tax designated for economic development. It was seconded by John Arnold and was unanimously passed.


The supervisors approved the low bid of $281,079 for replacement of the “Orleans” bridge located southeast of Unionville. The construction company chosen was Cunningham-Reis Company.

So that trucks hauling farm products and supply can use a county bridge on Highway J61, a weight restriction has been lifted. But to safely allow the trucks to cross the bridge, only one truck weighing more than 6,000 pounds will be allowed to cross at a time. Signs will be placed on the bridge noting the restriction - with northbound trucks having the right-of-way first over southbound trucks. A speed limit of 45 mph will also be posted for all traffic within 1,000 feet on both sides of the bridge.

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