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Eagles Bluff ready for debut

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By Larry Goffinet

Visitor center dedication set for Wednesday

CANNELTON - The Perry County Parks and Recreation Department tentatively hopes to open Eagles Bluff Park, including its new visitor center and restroom building, to the public this weekend.

The board had originally hoped to reopen the park, which has been closed during the construction project, Oct. 4. But the opening was delayed when a leak in one of the two wetland cells that treats sewage from the restrooms was discovered.

Perry County recreation Director Dan Adams told the board Wednesday that the problem has apparently been fixed.

The Indiana Department of Transportation, which administered the grant that provided much of the money for the construction project, did not want to do its final inspection of the project until the wetlands issue was solved.

Adams said he now expects that inspection to be done early this week. If the project passes inspection, as expected, the park could open Saturday.

A dedication ceremony for the visitors center is still scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. "There's no reason not to do the dedication" then, said Adams.

Board members discussed installing two new entrance signs to the park, which overlooks the Cannelton Locks and Dam.

Adams said Dan Feltner of Styline Industries has done signs for the parks board in the past. He gave Adams a price of $500 for a 10-foot by 5-foot aluminum sign with 2-foot-high letters, the size the board wants to install on the side from which most visitors are expected to come.

The board wants a smaller sign, which can be put closer to the road, on the other side. Adams quoted Feltner's prices of $431 for an 8-foot by 4-foot sign and $287 for a 6-foot by 3-foot sign.

Board president Edd Ransom said the smaller one should work well.

The board also discussed putting a fence around the wetlands area and whether to put a soft-drink vending machine at the visitors center.

The majority were not in favor of installing a vending machine now, though, saying visitors who are thirsty can get a drink at the water fountain or bring soft drinks in coolers.

Adams also reported that picnic tables and grills for the shelter house at the park have come in.

The tables have been installed and board member Rick Newton volunteered to install the grills.

In other business, the board briefly discussed its 2009 budget, which was tentatively approved by the Perry County Council at its September budget-setting meeting.

Adams noted that the council allotted $1,000 for the parks board to build a storage building at Eagles Bluff Park.

As for the amount listed for utility bills at the park, Adams said, "They know we'll probably have to adjust that because we don't have a good handle on what the bills will be."