Black Bear Bike Night a success

The Cumberland City Council discussed a variety of topics during their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, including the future of the city’s Black Bear Festival.

Mayor Carolyn Elliott called on Cumberland Tourism Director Tracy Bailey to give a report to the council.

Bailey addressed the question of the future of the Black Bear Festival, first putting to rest the rumor there will not be a festival in the future.

“That’s not quite the case,” said Bailey. “We’re just looking at different options of what we can do, and the possibilities of new things instead of doing the same old thing and getting the same result.”

Bailey moved on to a short report on the recent Black Bear Bike Night.

She mentioned the Cumberland City Police Department had been helpful during this year’s festival.

“Bike Night went really well,” Bailey said. “We had riders from Lexington, Knoxville, Virginia, we had a whole chapter that came in and did a ride. They really enjoyed the area and said they would be back. They said it was their favorite place and they want to do that every spring and possibly again in the fall.”

Bailey mentioned about 35 people participated in a mud run held recently.

According to Bailey, a grant for approximately $826,000 was recently awarded to progress trail systems in the Tri-City area.

Bailey said they are waiting for an easement to come through with some property owners before work can begin.

“This won’t be a trail that’s just through the Tri-Cities,” Bailey said. “By the time it’s done, it will be in Whitesburg and through Harlan County so it’ll have Letcher County, Harlan County and Bell County.”

In other council activity:

• A resolution was approved appointing City Clerk Robin Smith as a disaster related contact person for the city;

• The second reading of an animal confinement and dog control ordinance was performed and approved;

Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-909-4132 or on Twitter @joe_hde

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