Lifting of Eagles Bluff deed restriction gets boost

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Sports Editor

CANNELTON – The Perry County Recreation Department’s effort to remove a no-camping restriction on its deed to Eagles Bluff Park received a boost from state biologists last week.

Perry County Recreation Director Adam Tempel said at Wednesday’s parks board meeting that state Rep. Lloyd Arnold has received word from state eagle biologists that “Eagles Bluff is not an area of concern” for them because there are no eagles nesting there.

The possibility that eagles may be nesting there was the reason given for putting restrictions in the Eagles Bluff deed when the parks board purchased the land from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Department in 2000.

With the new information from the biologists, Tempel said he and Arnold plan to meet with Fish & Wildlife Department officials soon “to see if they will lift the restrictions.”

The parks board wants the restrictions lifted so it can put camping facilities for recreational vehicles at Eagles Bluff. The board and local tourism officials believe that could be a good source of revenue for the parks department.

In other business:
• The board voted to allow Tempel to purchase a push lawn motor from Fischer’s Furniture & Appliance Co.
Tempel said he can buy a Toro mower for $400 and “we’ve got $1,000 in our equipment line item.”

He said a push mower is needed to mow narrow areas in one of the department’s newest parks, near Lafayette Springs, which was donated to the department by Michelle Allen Deom. “It would also be good for trimming,” said Tempel.

• Tempel announced that Eagles Bluff is now open for expanded summer hours, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

• The parks board will again sponsor a 5-kilometer run during the Derby Riverfest June 21.

At several runners’ requests, Tempel said he will move the starting time to 8 a.m., a half hour earlier than last year. He also said he “will probably advertise it more widely” this year.

• Tempel said Dan Peter’s replacement to the parks board will be named by the Perry County commissioners April 7. Anyone interested in the position has until March 31 to submit a letter of interest to the commissioners.

Peter resigned last month for health reasons.