The board meeting started out hearing questions and concerns with the park from citizens who live in the area of the park. Concerns were raised around safety, violators, property boundaries, and economic impact. Park manager Tony Tipton, Powell County Judge Executive James Anderson, business owners in attendance, and members of the community that support the project helped address each concern as they were raised. This was important for the board to help them understand the issues that may be raised once the park becomes fully operational.
Concerns About Sandlick
Jeff Dozier from The Daniel Boone Backcountry Byway addressed the board with his concerns around the trespassing in the Sandlick area. Signage was the solution that has been proposed to address this issue. He also offered his support to assist in funding for signage. John Kazmierski from the U.S. Forestry Service also weighed in on his concern around the degradation of the non-system roads that are currently in the Forestry Service area, some of which are running through creeks. While John is working with Powell County Judge Anderson on an alternate route in the area covered by the forestry service that would be designated as a system road, the signage solution is still required to ensure the riders know where to go and where not to go.
Park Manager Tony Tipton has been working hard on the park. In addition to mowing and lawn maintenance, he also worked on securing the site through improved locks, fixed the garage door, and worked on the water pump and electrical systems. He's also been working with the currently land owners to identify good spots to install camping sites. Their historical knowledge of the utilities infrastructure is extremely helpful in this effort. New trespassing signs and security devices have also been installed on-site.
We'll be hosting another trail day on August 12th. Here is a description of the event:
Activities we plan on accomplishing are:
Updates to the event will be handled on the Facebook event. If you plan on attending, please respond that you will be 'Going' on the event.