Tryon settles with insurance to repair tennis courts

Published 10:00 pm Friday, September 9, 2016

After three months of negotiating with four different insurance companies, the Town of Tryon has finally settled repairs for the tennis courts at Harmon Field.

Tryon Town Manager Zach Ollis said the town is currently waiting on a check for approximately $50,000, which will enable the town to replace courts 1 and 2 that were damaged, as well as the pieces of fencing that were damaged in June.

The tennis courts were damaged and subsequently shut down for the summer after a truck leaving the Blue Ridge Barbecue and Music Festival ran through the courts and onto Harmon Field Road. The town has been negotiating with four different insurance companies since the damage.

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Tuan Quoc Trinh, of Charlotte, was charged with driving while impaired and careless and reckless driving for the incident. The town has been dealing with Trinh’s insurance, the company he worked for, the festival’s and the town’s insurance in order to get the repairs done.

Ollis said the town has been negotiating in order to get the most money possible for the taxpayers of Tryon in order to get the most repairs done as possible. The accident occurred on the first day of the festival, on Friday, June 10, and the courts have been shut down since.

Ollis said as soon as the town receives the check he will call the company that installed the flex courts and “get the ball rolling” on repairs.

The last improvements to the tennis courts were done through the Thermal Belt Community Tennis Association, Friends of Harmon Field, the Harmon Field Board of Supervisors, individual donors and grants from the Polk County Community Foundation, which were dedicated in 2011 with a new flex court surface.