Jay declines offer from American Legion

Council hesitant to invest funds on park property it doesn’t own

In a vote of 2 to 1, the Jay Town Council approved turning down the American Legion's latest proposal that would allow the large baseball field to be included in the town's park renovation, scheduled to begin this July. Councilwoman Nina Hendricks voted no and council members Josh Holloway and Mayor Shon Owens voted yes. Councilwoman Jane Hayes was not present.

The proposal submitted by the legion was $25,000 up front with a $250 a month payment for a 50-year lease, although the lease length may have been negotiable. Had the proposal been accepted, the town would have included the field in...