We have been discussing for some time about the need to get the park properly surveyed. The issue has always been around the cost, which is substantial since it is a 3000+ acre park with a very large perimeter. We addressed this as one key obstacle in our recent SOAR grant proposal. While we have not heard work on whether or not we get the grant, we did want to get some of our ducks in a row and request for surveying bids for the park in case we are awarded the grant. Dedra Brandenburg composed a 'request for bids' that we will soon be publishing in the local newspapers, as well as on this site and our social media pages. If you are interested in submitting a bid, or know someone who is interested, please keep checking this site and our Facebook page for the posting.
We also discussed gathering a 'scope of work' in order to get the bid process going for repairs to the building at the park that we will eventually use as the office. Ian Teal will be working on gathering information to present at the next meeting on what work we will need to have done in order to get this building in shape.
The need we have for a dedicated park worker is one that has been ever-present over the last year. We have outlined it in our SOAR grant, as well as been awarded funds from the Wolfe Count Tourism Board for a dedicated park worker. We've had numerous questions relating to matters of labor classification and compensation that the board has been unable to answer due to their legal context. Joe Crawford will be leading this investigation with the boards current county attorney liaison (Estill County) and report back at the next meeting with his findings. The hope is by that time the board will know the outcome of our grant application and can proceed appropriately.
We've talked before about the excellent volunteers we have regarding this project. People sacrificing their time and labor to help this project along as best they can. We wanted to recognize the importance of two volunteers particularly by naming them Co-Chairs of the Trails Development sub-committee. Casey Cravens and James Neukam are both extremely familiar with the property and the work required to ensure that their are no issues for vehicles who ride along the path. We feel that their extensive familiarity with this area will be a terrific asset when trail maintenance is required, as well when new trails are needing to be developed. If you know either one of these men, please congratulate them next time you see them.