2012 proved to be a good year for those visiting and camping in the parks of Hamilton County. The Hamilton County Conservation Board heard about the success of the operations at Briggs Woods Park from Scott Grimm, Bells Mill from John Laird, and Little Wall Lake from Jason Gilmore. The three park officials presented the projects underway last year and a look ahead to the upcoming season with park improvement projects and activities. One of those projects includes the work on the boat house at Little Wall Lake south of Jewell. Conservation director Brian Lammers said he will be meeting with a building inspector in the coming weeks to get an opinion on what to do with the 49 year old structure. Lammers will also be meeting with an insurance underwriter for insuring the same structure.
In another matter the conservation board Thursday approved the purchase of a Cushman utility vehicle to be used at the Briggs Woods golf course. The total cost of the vehicle is set at $11,000.
The Hamilton County Conservation Board approved adjustments to the 2013 fiscal year budget. This is for roof repair work on the conservation office at Briggs Woods park and the Briggs Woods Golf Course club house. The work is expected to begin sometime this spring.
A purchase agreement for logs to be used in the construction of the Legacy cabins at Briggs Woods, Little Wall Lake and Bells Mill parks was approved by the board. The floor plans for these cabins were also approved by the board with bid notices to be sent out on Friday.
The next scheduled meeting of the county conservation board will be on Thursday,March 28 at 10:00 a.m.