Events hosted at the community's new Planters Bank-Jennie Stuart Sportsplex have generated $210,000 in revenue during that venue's first six months of operation, Facilities Coordinator Tony Henson told magistrates Tuesday morning during a meeting of the Christian Fiscal Court.

Henson and Chris Jung, marketing and events coordinator for the City of Hopkinsville, gave a presentation about the sportsplex to magistrates, noting among other things, that the facility has sold 800 single day passes and 155 annual memberships and has seen 57,000 people walk through its doors.

"Everybody that's come through the doors has been blown away by the fact that we have a first-class facility with a first-class staff," Jung said. "I think you would agree the numbers have exceeded expectations. We're thrilled to see the way that has come to fruition."

He noted that the facility has a good relationship with the James E. Bruce Convention Center, which is handling concessions for the sportsplex, and Jung said the new hotel that is being built adjacent to the sportsplex and the convention center will raise the bar in terms of events the sportsplex can attract.

He said the hotel is slated to be complete by December.

Jung noted that a tournament hosted at the sportsplex last month attracted visitors from five different states, but he said the facility also wants to be accessible to folks in its local community; the sports facility offers $5 day passes or annual passes for $30 each, according to Jung.

"It's a nice chance for people to stay active and fit and have fun at the sportsplex," he said.

Henson noted that the facility generates revenue through activities including sports and soccer camps, winter and spring academies hosted in conjunction with Clarksville Academy, volleyball tournaments, basketball camps and "out-of-the-box" events like birthday parties and dance team parties.

The sportsplex recently played host to Murray State University's Racers Roadshow, which visited Hopkinsville and other communities to showcase the university and its offerings.

In other discussions during fiscal court, Jay Stone, county manager for the Christian County Extension Service, told the court that officials are hoping to start the dirt work soon, preparing a site behind the extension service on Pembroke Road for a new agriculture facility that will be built at that location.

He said drawings of the planned facility that will host livestock events in the community are in the final stages, and site plans for the facility are awaiting approval by Community and Development Services.

Christian County Judge-Executive Steve Tribble said the community is anticipating the new ag facility.

"We are looking forward to getting that project completed and in use," he said on Tuesday.

Christian County Magistrate Phillip Peterson also said he's gotten complaints of mosquitos in the Pembroke area, and he said state workers will be spraying to address the matter. They didn't specify a date but will do the job as soon as possible. When they do visit, it will be between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.

The judge-executive said requests for spraying are emailed to the state Department of Agriculture.

The department maintains a list of its spraying efforts on its website at kyagr.com. To see the list, click on the link for "public pest and recycling assistance" under the regulatory tab at the top of the page. Find the mosquito control schedule under "forms and documents" on the right side of that page.

Workers visited Christian and Todd counties in May, according to the list. Trigg County wasn't on the list.

In other business:

The court approved a resolution that increases the number of people serving on the Hopkinsville-Christian County Airport Board from six to 10 members. Officials said five members will be appointed by the City of Hopkinsville, and the remaining five will be appointed by the county.Magistrates reappointed former Christian County Attorney Mike Foster to the South Western Kentucky Economic Development Council.The court approved a measure allowing the three members of the Board of Assessment Appeals to receive $100 each for their services in hearing appeals and reviewing tax assessments. Half those funds will be paid by the fiscal court, with the other half to be paid by the state.Magistrates approved a measure to reappoint Walter G. Cummings treasurer.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

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