A county park is slated for closure following a Fiscal Court meeting on Tuesday.
Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley brought the situation with the Mary Alice Park before the court.
“Jim (Roddy) and I talked about this several months ago,” Mosley said. “It’s a park that’s had a lot of vandalism to the playground equipment. We’ve had to go and make adjustments to the playground equipment to keep it safe.”
Mosley said the park is not frequently used.
“We’ve got another park within approximately three miles, which is the Dressen Park, which is essentially the flagship park of the county,” Mosley said.
Mosley told the court the county pays for a lease on the Mary Alice facility.
“It’s $150 per month for utilization of that land,” Mosley said.
Mosley said the facility suffers a large amount of vandalism.
“It’s not being utilized like it should be,” Mosley said. “It would be my recommendation that we look at discarding that and cancelling the lease.”
According to Mosley, the county is required to give three months’ notice before cancelling the lease.
“It doesn’t make sense to keep going back in there and putting an investment in that park when all that keeps happening is vandalism,” Mosley said.
Magistrate Jim Roddy told the court he had no problems with cancelling the lease on the park.
A motion was passed to cancel the lease effective Dec. 31, remove county property from the grounds and eliminate the park from the county’s park system. The motion passed with no opposition.
In other court activity:
• The court passed resolutions adopting the National Incident Management System and an Emergency Management Operations Plan;
• Trick or Treat hours for Halloween were set for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31;
• Extended a line of credit for a Cumberland FEMA Project for 90 days;
• Accepted the Harlan County Sheriff’s 2015 Tax Settlement for unmined coal subject to audit;
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