Parks board trying to cut Eagles Bluff electric bill

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By Larry Goffinet

CANNELTON - Electric bills at the new Eagles Bluff welcome center and restroom building "were a little higher than we expected initially, but we've taken some measures to correct that," Perry County Recreation Director Dan Adams told the county parks and recreation board Wednesday.

The building opened in October with restroom lights that were designed to come on only when motion was detected in the room. But Adams said they were coming on at night when no one was in the building.

"So we had an electrician install a kill switch on the lights in the restrooms," said Adams. "Now they can't come on after the park is closed (it closes at 5 p.m. each day)."

Board member Dan Peter suggested setting the electric heat in the building at 60 degrees in the winter, or even 50 degrees at night, and setting the air conditioning at 78 or 80 degrees in the summer.

Board member Pat Clark agreed, noting that studies have shown there is a 1-percent savings for each degree the heat is lowered.

Adams asked for a consensus on the temperature and the board agreed that 50 degrees at night would work.

In other business:

• Gale Garner was introduced as the board's new member. Appointed to a four-year term by Perry County Circuit Judge Lucy Goffinet, he replaces Paul Kranning, who retired from the board at the start of the year.

• The board picked a site for the second shelter to be built at Eagles Bluff Park. It will be about 100 feet north of the existing shelter and thus also close to the parking lot.

The shelter kit is being paid for by a Perry County Community Foundation grant and will be erected by a work crew from Branchville Correctional Facility.

The parks board will have to pay only for pouring a concrete slab for the shelter. Adams plans to take bids for that job in the next few weeks.

• Adams said he has "not yet found a source of funding" for a planned restroom building at the parks department's Rome boat ramp.

Estimated cost for that building is about $14,000.

• The board decided to table until its next meeting creation of a written policy for possible use of Eagles Bluff Park for special occasions after hours.

That discussion was prompted by Adams' saying he has received a request from a man who wants to hold his wedding ceremony on the deck at the park and doesn't want any outsiders walking onto the deck during the ceremony.