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Possible new sports complex in Carl Junction

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Officials in Carl Junction, MO are in preliminary talks about a new athletic complex in the city.  

Several council members met tonight to discuss their thoughts about this proposal.  Depending on this group's decision over the course of several more meetings, the idea may be sent to voters for a win-lose situation.

City officials in Carl Junction face a seemingly all-American dilemma.  If they build it, would you come?

"We know there's a lot of needs for the sports and recreations in the area," says Carl Junction City Administrator Steve Lawver.

The city already has a sports complex, but bears scars from Mother Nature.

"Every time it floods, it wipes the whole fields out," says Carl Junction resident Steve Cantrell.

"Bad years, say several years ago when it flooded, I think it was four times in one year, it'll cost us several guys and a day's worth of labor to straighten things up.  It could be thousands of dollars, quite easily," says Lawver.

City officials want to build a new sports complex elsewhere.  The city administrator says undisclosed land owners are willing to sell, and there's no project cost chalked on the ground yet.

"We have about $3.6 million available in general obligation bonds that we could release," says Lawver.

It's a slow pitch, but still a proposal that's gaining an audience.

"When it wipes it out, they don't have anywhere to go.  And we've been trying to get something going in this town because we are getting larger," says Cantrell.

The proposed complex would be open to tournaments, hosting team both inside and outside of Carl Junction.

"I think Carl (Junction) has a good team.  They're growing up into the higher levels and I think they would be introduced to bigger schools and more competition," says Carl Junction resident Mike Tampell.

City officials say analysis needs to be done to see if placing the proposed complex near businesses would put a home run in the local economy.

Click the associated video to learn more about the general obligation bonds that would fund this possible project.

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