Not much to say here. The State Legislature and Governor still haven't agreed on a budget, so the grant is in a state of limbo until then. We aren't being given any firm dates either due to the same reasoning. We're as anxious to move forward with this as you all are, so stay tuned to our website and the SOAR website.
We've been in contact with some of our neighbors regarding our upcoming land survey. We want to try and resolve any and all land disputes as quickly and effortlessly as possible. Some neighbors have even offered some of their surveys for reference, which is a great help! We look forward to being a good neighbor with all the adjacent land owners. If you have any questions regarding your land that may border our park, please let us know.
The trail system we are working is spectacular, to say the least. The trails are long, challenging, and intricate. These are all great things, except when those trails come in to contact with existing county roads. The board spent some time reviewing KRS 189.515 to ensure all trails we are developing work with the guidelines that are outlined by this statute. The board thought the statue important enough that a decision was made to include the KRS in the official park waiver.
The board is ready to proceed with hiring a park worker. In the coming days we will be posting a job description for the worker that has been discussed for the past few months. The worker will be a contract position that will report to the Wolfe County Tourism Board. The board will screen through the applicants we receive and hope to conduct interviews starting at 5:00 on the date of our next board meeting. Once we decide on a candidate, we will make the recommendation to the Wolfe County Tourism Board for final approval. If all goes well, we should have someone dedicated to working on this project by June. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for more information regarding the position.
James Neukam has been one of our most dedicated workers (and meeting attendees). He recently brought to the boards attention the fact that we haven't adequately marked any of the trails we've been developing. He has been looking in to prices and effectiveness of some signs and will be bringing the results of his research to the next meeting. The board went ahead and approved a $500 budget for signage on and around the trails. We appreciate all the work our volunteers have been doing to help this project along.