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Tennis court fate still up in the air

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By Mike Gibson

The fate of tennis courts next to Kingston Community Center is still to be determined after Kingston officials deferred action on Oct. 1.

Kingston City Council member Tony Brown said the courts are owned by the county but have been maintained by the city as per a previous agreement.

The city pays the light bill, provides benches and nets and handles maintenance on the courts, which are in a state of serious disrepair.

Brown estimated the courts are in need $30,000 in resurfacing alone. Because of that and possible safety issues, he suggested that Kingston stop operating them and put the money toward courts at city-owned parks.

But others, most notably Kingston City Attorney Sandy McPherson, pointed out that no one is sure what obligations the city has in the agreement Kingston signed with the county.

Council decided to seek a copy of the agreement from city parks and recreation chief Rick Ross before continuing to act on the matter.