Faison Board approves soccer complex lease

The Faison Town Board Wednesday night (July 12) unanimously approved a lease of Southern Produce property to be used as a soccer complex.

Faison United Methodist Church Pastor Jabe Largen who has spearheaded a volunteer group pushing for the soccer facility, questioned the town board Wednesday night over the exclusion of the two buildings on the property. Faison Mayor Carolyn Kenyon explained the proposed lease was to specify that the town would not take financial responsibility for rehabilitating or maintaining the two long vacant and decaying structures.

Pastor Largen said he expected his volunteer group to be responsible for necessary building materials and labor to improve the structures, but wanted assurances the structures would be covered by the town insurance. The proposed lease did not make that clear, but the board and attorney agreed to clarify it.

The town has not actively supported the effort of the volunteers, citing the need to have a legal document in place, but Public Works Director Jimmy Tyndall pledged that he would be on the site Thursday morning to set up irrigation for support the immediate planting of grass seed to allow play on the field this fall.

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