The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night voted to approve a new lease agreement with the Town of Purcellville allowing the county parks department to continue maintenance of the athletic fields in the Fireman’s Field complex through the end of the year.
The deal will cost the county about $20,000 to maintain the fields for the remainder of this year, which will allow various sports organizations—like the Purcellville Cannons, Greater Loudoun Babe Ruth Baseball, American Legion Baseball and the Upper Loudoun Little League—to continue their 2019 programming.
Purcellville Town Attorney Sally Hankins said the Town Council has indicated a willingness to move forward with the county partnership and that an item to either vote on or discuss the contract extension beyond the current July 8 expiration could be on the council’s June 11 meeting agenda.
The county parks department had managed the fields since 1983, but in 2017 the Town Council terminated that relationship and sought a deal with a new contractor with the goal of generating more revenue from the complex. When the town’s new contract with Shaun Alexander Enterprises collapsed, the county agreed to step back in, although it had not budgeted for the work and had reassigned the employees work worked there to other tasks. According to a county staff report, some of those staffers returned to Purcellville in November when the county agreed to resume maintenance of the fields.