Friends of Conservation donate $15,000 toward repair of trails
By STEPH TAHTINEN
Mt. Pleasant News
The Friends of Conservation in Henry County, LTD has donated up to $15,000 to help improve the trails at the Henry County Conservation Department.
The donation, from contributions of Friends members and the community, was announced at the Henry County Conservation Board meeting Monday night. It will help with new gravel the trails as well as supplying new signage, trail maps and trail markers.
“We really need to spruce our trails up,” said Conservation Director John Pullis. “I think every culvert we crossed is plugged, so the water is coming up and over and washes the gravel off the trails.”
There is also one area where there is a hole in the middle of the trail that needs to be fixed.
“We’re going to put a bridge across that,” said Pullis.
Some of the culvert work has been started already.
In other business, Pullis said he will meet with representatives from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) on Wednesday to find out whether FEMA will cover the cost of repairing damages from this year’s flooding.
“They’ve decided, they just haven’t told us, so we don’t know which way it’s going to go,” said Pullis.
However, Pullis noted that the county will be receiving funding.
“They asked us to bring our DUNS number, which that is an important step,” said Pullis.
A DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number is required when filing federal grant applications.
“When they ask for that DUNS number, normally that is an indication that it’s a yes,” continued Pullis.
He noted that the concrete camping pads at Waterworks and the South Shore campgrounds have been poured, and he is going to try to get that work included under the funding, as flood waters had washed away the gravel pads that were previously in place.
Now, with the concrete pads in place, both campgrounds were opened.
“We actually had campers last weekend,” said Pullis.
Other work needed includes repairing the fencing on the dam and adding gravel to the roads. There were also several downed trees that have already been cleaned up.
“It was easier for us just to get the trees cleaned up and off the ground and pushed into a pile. It took us an afternoon essentially and we were done with it, and not sitting around waiting for FEMA or somebody else,” said Pullis.
The conservation board also approved the purchase of a new air conditioner for the shop for $2,980 from Hannum’s Plumbing Heating and Cooling.