In response to issues arising from the erosion of areas deemed "swampy" in our park, Park Manager Tony Tipton reached out to surrounding businesses to see what solutions they implemented. The solution he brought to the table was one using recycled rubber tire mats made from old tires. This is beneficial for our area due to the concentration of old tires that are littered in and around our waterways. Grants are available that could pay for 25% of the cost. Board members raised questions about what substances to put under the mat and if the waterway can drain sufficiently even with the mat. The board voted to proceed with applying for the grant.
Park manager Tony Tipton has recently been in contact with the new Estill County Judge Executive, Kevin Williams, regarding their payment obligation. Judge Williams expressed support for the project and assured Mr. Tipton that he would work to secure the funds within 90 days. We look forward to working with Judge Williams in regards to this project.
Board member Ian Teal has been working on getting the building on the property fixed up in order to house our main office. He requested $220 for labor and materials in order to get the roof sealed and fixed up. Board member Dedra Brandenburg was working towards getting the electrical working in the building. She relayed to the board that she consulted with local electrician Bill Kramp from Lee County about getting the power on., He informed her that as it stands, the building will not pass inspection. He submitted an offer of $1700 in labor and equipment to cover overhauling the electrical system. Both motions passed.
Governor Matt Bevin has instructed Government agencies to reach out to counties and projects in certain "Opportunity Zones" and let them know about upcoming funding opportunities. Park Board Chairman Craig Dawson was contacted by representatives from the SOAR organization about the potential for Hollerwood Park to receive funding. Mr. Dawson, in conjunction with representatives from Wolfe (and hopefully Estill and Lee), will work towards applying for funding. This application is due Monday, February 26th, so timing is of utmost importance.