Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Joe Winkelmann , Center District

March 18, 2002

Staff Lead:


Larry Miller, Parks and Recreation Director

Parks and Recreation

Topic:  A Resolution Authorizing the County Administrator and the County Attorney to Execute All Documents Necessary to Acquire the J. Paul. Wampler, Bridgewater College, Priscilla W. Wampler, and Mabel Lou Weiss Property by Purchase or by Condemnation Hereafter Consented to by the Landowners Upon the  Terms and Conditions as Set Forth in Part in this Resolution

Receive recommendation from Parks and Recreation Board to authorize the County Administrator to acquire a portion of the J. Paul Wampler, Bridgewater College, Priscilla W. Wampler, and Mabel Lou Weiss property for the southern sports complex - this item was carried over from the February 19, 2002 meeting

Topic Description:

The Parks and Recreation Board is recommending the acquisition of a portion of the Wampler tract near Midland for the southern sports complex site.  The Chairman of the Board of Supervisors obtained a tentative agreement from Dr. Wampler on December 21, 2001.  The property recommended for acquisition is approx. 128 acres.  A survey was received on February 7, 2002.  Early rough sketches showed a yield of approx. 20 fields (original sports complex plan expectation for a southern complex was 20).  The acquisition, if approved, will be through a deed or friendly condemnation, and include removal of an existing clause regarding access to Germantown Lake for the remainder of the property and provision of an easement to the existing driveway from the new park entrance. 


The Parks and Recreation Board conducted a public comment period from January 16-31.  All adjacent landowners were notified of the comment period by letter.  5 comments were received from 3 citizens.  At the February meeting the Parks and Recreation Board voted to recommend acquisition of the site by the Board of Supervisors.  Subsequent to acqusition a more exhaustive study should be conducted of the historical aspects of the property to determine the scope of the area to be preserved.  Since this would complete the acquisition phase of this major initiative, recognition efforts should be considered for the many volunteers and county staff would assisted since the project's initiation.



  Public comments and responses


  Preliminary design sketch used to determine field yield

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Approval of the resolution to authorize acquisition of the designated portion of the Wampler tract for the southern sports complex

Financial Impacts Analysis:

Funding for acquisition will be within budgetary amounts set aside for this phase of the project.

Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Finance Department

County Attorney