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Olive Hill voices support for trail

Adopts resolution supporting project and grant

By: Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

Max Hammond and Jim Plummer were at the December meeting of Olive Hill City Council to make council aware of the Warrior’s Path project. But that wasn’t all Hammond came to council for.

In addition to the Warrior’s Path, Hammond has plans for another, smaller trail through town, and he was asking council for their support in developing this project.

While this trail would not officially be part of the Warrior’s Path project, at least not yet, Hammond said it would be a great “starting trail,” for the project. The trail, which would run through town, connecting the American Legion park with Tygart Creek and Carter Caves, will not cost the city anything other than moral support, according to Hammond.

He told council he was already exploring grant opportunities to help fund the trail and – while they might require the city to serve as a pass-through for the funds – it would not have a negative impact on the city’s ability to apply for any other grants.

“It’s not going to hurt the city’s grant opportunities,” Hammond said.

Hammond said he would write the grant for the project and do all the legwork. All he needed from council, he said, was a resolution supporting the project and the grant funding.

Though some council members had expressed concern that supporting this grant might make the city ineligible for other grant opportunities, after Hammond’s assurances to the contrary they moved unanimously to adopt a resolution supporting the trail project.

In other action council moved to begin removing portions of two streets from the city street system. The city held first readings on two ordinances that would remove portions of Fox Trail and Eastland Drive from the system, noting the “city deems (the removal) does not have an adverse effect” on the city or its citizens.

The portion of Fox Trail – though it shows up on maps – has never been developed as a roadway, according to city attorney Derrick Willis. Likewise the area of Eastland Drive, between the current end of that roadway and Butler Circle, has never been developed despite showing a throughway on maps.

Council also moved to appoint J.D. Rayburn to the code enforcement board and accepted department reports.
Councilman Justin Dixon also took time to praise former councilman Allen Stapleton for his work in his new role as code enforcement officer. Dixon said Stapleton’s report was the most detailed and informative he’s received during his time on council.

Contact the writer at editor@cartercountytimes.com

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