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A lot of things can happen in four years: a teenager completes high school, a young adult earns an engineering degree, a president serves a full term, the Olympics gear up for another go. But can Spencer County get light poles installed in that time frame?
According to our very own archives, UPS donated several massive light poles to the county in September 2009. Those poles were unloaded at Ray Jewell Park and those poles lay in that same location four years later.
A year after the delivery, in September 2010, park employees and volunteers banded together to pour concrete to serve as bases for the light poles, but those bases sit yearning for poles three years later.
A local grandmother whose goal is to have some lighted baseball fields on which her granddaughter and others in the county can play brought this issue to our attention last week and to the attention of the Fiscal Court on Monday.
While we, along with this grandmother, understand that installation of the lights can be an expensive endeavor, we also know that four years is a long time for children in our county to have to wait to play a normal season. The time constraints of daylight make it understandably difficult for some families to drive home from work in Shelbyville or Louisville, get their children ready and on time to a game that can’t go past dusk.
Instead of focusing on who is to blame for getting into this situation, let’s focus on who can fix it. And that answer may include many of you reading this.
Judge-Executive Bill Karrer said the county has applied for a grant to fund the installation of the lights. It could take several months to hear about the grant, and even then the answer could be that the money isn’t coming.
So we say, take a proactive approach.
If money is the problem, then raise it. If labor is the problem, then find it.
The children of Spencer County deserve better and the only people who can give them better live within our county lines. Be it community members or elected officials — someone should take the initiative to get our parks to a level we can be proud of and get our youth baseball teams out of the dark.