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County funding paves road to new park fishing pier

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By Dave Taylor

Carroll County Fiscal Court voted in its July 14 meeting to appropriate $8,000 to pave the gravel access road to the new fishing pier at General Butler State Resort Park.

The fishing pier, extending into the lake at the park, provides accessibility for persons with disabilities enabling them to fish, according to Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson. The pier was funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a bureau in the Department of Interior, with some funds contributed by local agencies.

While he and other local officials have pushed for a handicapped-accessible pier to be installed at the park for “quite some time,” the project didn’t really come about until Gov. Steve Beshear signed a proclamation on the Capitol steps at Frankfort a year ago in recognition of Disabilities Awareness Week, Tomlinson said.

“A lot of people are already using it,” he said. “It’s really good for those that have physical challenges because it gives them access to someplace they can fish. I’ve had a lot of positive comments about it already. A lot of people are using it.”

Tomlinson told the magistrates that the state had hired Ohio Valley Asphalt to pave a parking lot at the site. While the pavers were on-site, he said, it would be convenient to pave the access road leading to the parking lot and pier. The access road runs parallel to Hwy. 227. Cost to the county to pave the road would be $8,000, Tomlinson said. The paving project has already been completed.

“There is still some work to be done there,” according to the judge-executive. “The parking lot still has to be striped. The park plans to put in some signage and there will be some trash cans placed out there.”

The asphalt slopes from the parking lot to adjoin a concrete walkway leading to the pier ramp, enabling accessibility for both wheelchairs and individuals with other mobility handicaps.

“They’re going to put up some signs because they don’t want anybody swimming off the new pier,” Tomlinson said of park officials, “and they don’t want anybody building bonfires on the pier.”

Tomlinson said once all the finishing touches are completed, county officials plan to hold a dedication ceremony at the site.