Decision expected before next month's election
This picture of the Truro Tennis Club was taken from the front deck in between the courts and green space. Club members are waiting for Truro town council to make a decision on a request to expand the courts. Matt Veno - Truro Daily News
TRURO - A decision on a possible expansion to the Truro Tennis Club will be put off for at least a few weeks.
The club made a presentation this summer to the town's park, recreation and culture committee, originally requesting the development of two mini courts on the green space located north of the existing courts.
The proposal didn't meet the town's setback requirements so the club requested permission to build the equivalent of three new courts immediately south of the existing tennis facility.
The town, however, had concerns about the impact on the large open space between the existing courts and the nearby ball field.
The most recent request is to upgrade from the current four regular courts to six regular courts, plus two mini courts. The recreation committee is recommending council support five courts in total.
A report from the tennis club was supposed to be reviewed at council yesterday but some councillors only received it just before the meeting and didn't have the opportunity to review it. Council decided to delay decisions until an in-camera meeting was held and the topic returns to an upcoming council meeting.
That decision confused some members of the tennis club who were at the council meeting yesterday.
Nicole Bagnell, a tennis club member for almost 20 years, was one of about a half a dozen people supporting the club who hoped for a different outcome yesterday.
"I thought it was decided (by council) earlier to do the expansion. It's at full capacity now," said Bagnell.
Councillors insist nothing was decided as specifics of the project were still being agreed upon.
Coun. Raymond Tynes said a decision should soon be made.
"I don't want to leave this to the new council (after the October elections) when we've been sitting on this for awhile," said Tynes.
Deputy mayor Charles Cox said council would "get a quick decision on the matter."