A complaint about a soccer field and soccer tournaments on Ashton Court off State Road 12 between Havana and Quincy was brought to the Gadsden County Commission last week.
Paisley Pryor, a resident near the soccer field, asked the commission for help in controlling the large number of vehicles on the non-county maintained road.
During her citizens comments she stated the property was listed as Agriculture 2.
She continued saying that a group of neighbors came together to address problems that were occurring because of the soccer games being held there.
Of primary concern was the overuse of the privately-maintained road that leads to the soccer field past a number of homes.
“Our attempts to address rising safety concerns for these unpermitted activities,” she said, “has been met with mild to no interest by various county officials.”
She went on to say that to the best of her knowledge this type of land use was beyond county ordinances and land use restrictions. The use, she said, did not meet
the deed restrictions and covenants as well.
“The use of the property is beyond the limitations and sits in a gray area,” she said, “that we would like better defined and clarified.”
For the last ten weekends, and for seven more weekends, Pryor said, soccer tournaments will be held.
She added that there were vendors present at the events.
The matter was turned over to the county administrator at the meeting for further study.
In other business, the commission heard from Jonathan F. Schaefer, a representative from Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), a local governement entity that makes funding available to commercial and residential property owners to finance the installation of qualifying improvements.
The entity was organized several years ago as a way to fund energy-saving improvements.
According to Schaefer, those who would qualify for the low interest loans must be up to date on their property taxes and mortage payments, and own the property.
The program would finance up to 20 percent of the home’s appraised value (more was possible for commercial) and the payments would be assessed on each year’s tax bill as an annual payment.
It is non-credit-based financing to property owners.
Schaefer added that the construction side of the program would help boost the local economy.
After the presentation, Commissioner Gene Morgan asked that the PACE program be put on the next commission meeting agenda for more discussion.
The commission will not have another meeting until July 2.