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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Clearing trails

Trail Town moves forward with lake trail plans

By Jeremy D. Wells

Carter County Times

The Town Lake Trail is moving forward, with a little help from Olive Hill city council.

Duane Roberts with the Olive Hill Trail Town organization visited council during their regular November meeting to give them an update on the project he brought to them back at the end of summer.

Roberts told council that volunteers with Trail Town had finished bush hogging around the site, and have all their trails cleared around the lake, up to the point where they hope to install a suspension bridge in the future.

But, he did still have some asks for council. Though they’ve received some additional funding, with Carter County Tourism offering them $6,000 towards the project costs, he said they’re trying to save funds where they can. He said they needed a culvert for one part of the trail, and hoped the city had some unused culvert that would be suitable for their needs.

Mayor Jerry Callihan, however, said he wasn’t sure if the city had any culverts in the needed diameter. But, he said, that didn’t mean they couldn’t purchase the needed pipe for the project. Council voted unanimously to follow that plan, approving the purchase of a 30 inch culvert for the trail.

Roberts had one other request for the city – and that was for the Trail Town bathrooms in town, just south of the trailhead and Depot, to be checked by city crews on a regular basis. Unlike the restrooms in the city park, which close for the winter season, the Trail Town restrooms are winterized. This allows them to stay open for use by bicyclers, hikers, and horseback riders year round.

Callihan told Roberts he would instruct city crews to check the restrooms in the same way they did those at city park when they were open.

Contact the writer at editor@cartercountytimes.com



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