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New bridges on the way for Beaver Creek Park

 


New bridges on the way for Beaver Creek Park

Tim Leeds

During its monthly meeting Monday, the Hill County Park Board discussed several improvements or repairs on the way to Beaver Creek Park.

"We've got ourselves a bridge coming for Rotary Pond, " board Chair Steve Mariani said.

Mariani said Sletten Construction has agreed to provide two 45-foot beams to go across the creek for the base of the bridge, and to help with decking for the bridge and with the footings.

Park Superintendent Chad Edgar said four more bridges also are on the way, with monetary help from the disaster funds coming via the presidential federal disaster declaration made after last June's severe flooding.

Edgar said eight walking bridges were damaged, with four — at Scouts, Hagener, Firemans and Lions campgrounds — deemed damaged beyond repair and eligible for replacement with Federal Emergency Management Agency money.

He said work is being done on driving bridges, repairing them and strengthening them in case of future flooding.

"Hopefully, we won't have to worry about this again, " Edgar said.

He said he also is waiting on word from the state about mitigation projects to lessen the chance of damage in future floods. The state will provide all of the money to conduct a cost-benefit-analysis of the projects to guarantee they will have at least a one-to-one payback to use of disaster funds.

"It's kind of looking promising the further we get along with this, " he said. "Hopefully we can get some money, eventually, to protect those campgrounds. "

He said some work has been done on the chapel at Camp Kiwanis, although weather has been interfering on that. He and his assistant, Lesley Zellmer, will be working on an application for the sign designating it as being listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

A state official also is coming to help train Zellmer on grant writing for some specific projects, he added.

Edgar said he also has been working on the lodge, installing new sinks and faucets that had been purchased. He added that he needs to replace a window that is in rough shape.

Funds specifically for the lodge from the park foundation would be used for that, he added.

During its monthly meeting Monday, the Hill County Park Board discussed several improvements or repairs on the way to Beaver Creek Park.

"We've got ourselves a bridge coming for Rotary Pond, " board Chair Steve Mariani said.

Mariani said Sletten Construction has agreed to provide two 45-foot beams to go across the creek for the base of the bridge, and to help with decking for the bridge and with the footings.

Park Superintendent Chad Edgar said four more bridges also are on the way, with monetary help from the disaster funds coming via the presidential federal disaster declaration made after last June's severe flooding.

Edgar said eight walking bridges were damaged, with four — at Scouts, Hagener, Firemans and Lions campgrounds — deemed damaged beyond repair and eligible for replacement with Federal Emergency Management Agency money.

He said work is being done on driving bridges, repairing them and strengthening them in case of future flooding.

"Hopefully, we won't have to worry about this again, " Edgar said.

He said he also is waiting on word from the state about mitigation projects to lessen the chance of damage in future floods. The state will provide all of the money to conduct a cost-benefit-analysis of the projects to guarantee they will have at least a one-to-one payback to use of disaster funds.

"It's kind of looking promising the further we get along with this, " he said. "Hopefully we can get some money, eventually, to protect those campgrounds. "

He said some work has been done on the chapel at Camp Kiwanis, although weather has been interfering on that. He and his assistant, Lesley Zellmer, will be working on an application for the sign designating it as being listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

A state official also is coming to help train Zellmer on grant writing for some specific projects, he added.

Edgar said he also has been working on the lodge, installing new sinks and faucets that had been purchased. He added that he needs to replace a window that is in rough shape.

Funds specifically for the lodge from the park foundation would be used for that, he added.

 

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