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Newton named to parks board

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By Larry Goffinet

CANNELTON - The Perry County Parks and Recreation Board discussed construction plans for Eagle's Nest Park and welcomed a new member by making him an officer Wednesday.

Under the county statute that created the board, it must elect officers at its first meeting each calendar year.

Edd Ransom was re-elected president and Dan Peter was re-elected vice president. But Dorothy Kessner, the board's secretary for several years, retired from the board when her term expired at the end of 2007.

She was replaced by Rick Newton, whom the other members decided to elect as the new secretary Wednesday.

Perry County Recreation Director Dan Adams brought Newton and the rest of the members up to date on progress of the restroom building project at Eagle's Nest Park, which overlooks the Cannelton Locks and Dam on the Ohio River.

He noted that the board's public-agency agreement with the Indiana Department of Transportation has kept the board's part of the cost for the construction contract at $150,000 and "we do have that amount in various accounts."

Adams said he will have to go to the county council to finalize some funds later this month but "it's basically not new funds."

IN requires that the parks board pay Bernardin & Lochmueller, the engineering firm that will supervise the construction, "but they will reimburse us 80 percent of that cost," said Adams.

The parks board will have to pay 100 percent of the fee for the architect to inspect the building, with no reimbursement.

Adams said the board has received an additional $30,000 grant from the Schergens Foundation to cover those costs.

Adams also mentioned that he and Ransom had formally received a previously announced Perry County Community Foundation grant for $11,430 to build a 20- by 30-foot shelter house at Eagle's Nest Park.

The board discussed where would be the best part of the park to locate the shelter so it would be on a gentle grade that would be handicapped-accessible and not too far from the restroom building.