An engineering firm out of Kentucky has drawn a conceptual plan for Clinton’s first recreation complex.

An engineer himself, Clinton City Manager Bill Ed Cannon said last night the company has done work for him for years and was called upon to draw plans for recreation on a 105-acre tract that the Clinton City Council bought last night. The land purchase price is $490,000 from Howard and Karen Watkins. Another 69 acres was approved for purchase from Monte Dutton at $4,200 per acre. When the property is surveyed, the total purchase price will be determined for the Dutton property.

Then, MSE, the engineering firm that produced the conceptual drawing presented to the public last night, will draw the proposed complex on both properties. 

In addition to ballfields, the city’s first recreation complex will have a pond and an amphitheater. It will be paid for with hospitality tax money that the City of Clinton has been collecting for the past 10 years. The money can be spent only for projects that encourage tourists to come to the City of Clinton.

Once dirt starts moving, the city will have to hire (or contract for) a recreation staff.

Council approved both land purchases on 6-0 votes. Council member Shirley Jenkins was absent from the Nov. 5 council meeting. Council spent 75 minutes in closed session talking about the matter, prior to the vote.