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State association recognizes Eagles Bluff Park project

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By Larry Goffinet

CANNELTON - The Perry County Parks and Recreation Board will receive a County Achievement Award from the Association of Indiana Counties Sept. 24 for its work in getting a restroom building and visitors center built at Eagles Bluff Park overlooking the Cannelton Locks and Dam.

The award will be presented at the AIC's annual conference at the Belterra Casino Resort in Florence, Ind., Sept. 24.

"This is no small thing," said Parks Board President Edd Ransom at the board's monthly meeting Aug. 13. He noted it is the only such award being presented by the AIC this year.

He added, "The award is a recognition of our ability to get cooperation from local, state and federal agencies and private organizations such as the Schergens Foundation and the Perry County Community Foundation to get this project done."

He said the award is "recognition for everyone who's been involved in the project," including previous board members Gary Dauby, Bob Ramsbottom and Dorothy Kessner.

Ransom said this is only the third time any Perry County agency has received the award. The others were when the Perry County airport and new courthouse were built.

"Unfortunately it's not a cash award," said Ransom. "But it will go on our resume when we try for future projects and show people we're capable of doing a major project."

The contractor for the Eagles Bluff project expects it to be completed by the end of September, two months ahead of his deadline, Perry County Recreation Director Dan Adams told the parks board.

"Things are moving along pretty quickly," added Adams. "The contractor is anticipating to be paving (the parking lot and driveway) in two or three weeks.

"Today they started working on getting the roofing material on. The facilities are finished, the booster pump and electricity are functioning, and today they started putting in the new guard rail.

"The electrician will be back on site tomorrow to install the light fixtures, and the heating and air conditioning units were set behind the building yesterday."

The board also discussed a proposal from the county's Emergency Management Agency, which is interested in putting a radio antenna on the old fire tower at Eagles Bluff Park.

That would mean running electrical lines to the tower, which board members agreed should be done now while the other construction is going on there. Adams said the total cost of the project, including trenching and wiring, would be $3,066.

The EMA does not have enough money in its budget to cover that now and Adams suggested the parks board could pay $1,566 of it. "We do get a lot of cooperation from other county agencies," he noted.

Several board members said they were not opposed to helping the EMA but would like to be reimbursed later, as the parks board operates on a tight budget.

"They've got two funds they might get money from for it (later), the 911 fund and Homeland Security," said board member Paul Kranning.

Adams also reported that a picnic shelter, bought with a Perry County Community Foundation Grant, has been erected at Eagles Bluff Park. "The only thing left to do is buy picnic tables for it. We've got $2,500 left in the project fund."

Board member Rick Newton made a motion "that we purchase three steel-based, eight-foot tables," and it was unanimously approved.

"We also might want to put a couple of cast iron or steel grills there," said Kranning.