Members of the Marshall County Park and Recreation Board gathered last week for a short meeting. Members learned from the secretary that there were no complaints and no donations to report. Under Old Business was the Mill Pond bike paths and committee members present said it was cold and snowing so not much going on. They still plan to open the next section of the trail by Memorial Day.
There was also an update on the Trustee Cabin project. The contract to move the log cabin to the Memorial Forest by dismantling and reassembling it was signed by both the Marshall County Park Board and Yoder’s Log & Timber Pros. Members are still looking for the appropriate site to locate the cabin and can meet on site to make a final decision.
Park board member Dick Markley said he found out they would need planning permission when they were about to start the project. There is no cost for the building permit since the county park board requires it. Park board members also received the setback requirement to help determine the correct location for the cabin. At this point, Yoder’s Log & Timber believes the project will run from mid-August to late August.
Board member Deb VanDeMark said she’s spoken with NIPSCO and they can put a dusk-to-dawn security light on the pole in front of the park for a lower cost, but it doesn’t. will not shine very well in the player. NIPSCO can install a pole on park property for a fee. Board member Adam Thada suggested making a decision on the light and cabin at the same time.
As for the update on canoe/kayak launches, Terry and Tammy Borggren were unable to attend the meeting on Thursday evening. They are still looking for locations for launches along the Yellow River where the county has bridges. He told Deb VanDeMark that he spoke to a county commissioner to see if they could help create a launch site in some of their upcoming bridge projects.
Park Board Member Brian Main told members that Bremen Kayak Launch is expected to begin construction in the next few weeks, so if anyone is interested in watching the project from start to finish. The project is on 106 where it crosses the Yellow River right next to McDonalds. This is all part of a restoration project to address an erosion problem. They have to start mobilizing this week or next.
The board secretary said she submitted the Arrowhead grant on January 21st and a decision on the award is expected later this month. The grant is in the amount of $5,000.