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County Road Foreman Ray Page gave more bad news regarding the trucks his department is dealing with, as more potential winter weather heads our way. Page reported that one of the snow plows received extensive damage to the blade and blade frame during the last storm, while a different truck lost an entire transmission.
Page said his crew is currently disassembling parts from each disabled truck to come up with one working truck. "We'll have four trucks ready to go by Wednesday. That will be one shy of what we normally have, so if it snows again, it will take us longer to do our jobs because of it," he said.
Page said there was no sense in replacing the transmission in the truck at this point in the season with the county looking at purchasing newer ones very soon.
He also reported the county used a total of 75 tons of salt during the last storm and that there are 300 tons left in storage.
Parks & Rec Program Director Greg Hudson reported that this season of little league basketball was nearing the end and sign ups for baseball and softball were underway. He said there were currently 250 kids signed up for this spring and hoped the number would greatly increase by the deadline at the end of the week.
Magistrate Edd Rich asked about the possibility of adding baseball and softball facilities at Bee Spring Park, as many residents in the northern part of the county would benefit. Hudson said that was in long term plans, but there were several issues at HWY 70 and Chalybeate Parks that needed to be addressed first, as that is where the leagues play and practice.
Mag. Rich agreed and certainly understood the priority, but noted that an eventual addition to the Bee Spring Park would only help the league, and Hudson agreed.
Hudson said lighting at both Chalybeate and 70 are outdated and need maintenance and repair now. He also said the drainage issue still remained at 70 but couldn't be properly repaired until it's completely dry, which wouldn't be until after the spring season is complete.
Tourism Director Rhonda Clemmons reported that Blue Holler ATV Park still owed around $900 in Recreational Taxes that were due on January 15th, 2016, but said the park was closed. She referenced the park's Facebook page which says the park is out of business. She said another notice would be sent to the address of the manager she had previously dealt with.
A post on the park's Facebook page said: "as of right now BLUE HOLLER is closed due to the land owner fearing the risk of injury is to great to continue to keep the park open. We will post any and all updates on this page as we are working on a solution to keep a park open in central ky."