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Camp Kysoc is seeing more use for events, but Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson hopes to make the most out of the potential the facility has to offer.
At the Nov. 26 fiscal court meeting, Tomlinson asked magistrates to approve a $3,150 study to help county officials uncover the options for use and create a strategic plan for Camp Kysoc.
Northern Kentucky Area Development District’s Public Administration Division will proposal states it will conduct “an assessment of the camp, a review of potential adaptive reuses and conclude with recommendations for its future direction.”
In its proposal NKADD’ said the project will look at existing facilities and document their condition, and research opportunities for the camp and develop alternatives. A written bound study will be produced with their conclusions.
“I’m recommending … that we do it,” Tomlinson said.
The magistrates agreed and approved the funding.
NKADD estimates the study will take about 100 hours to complete, which would cost about $4,500. However, the agency will provide 30 hours of the work at no cost to the county, a savings of $1,350.
In a Tuesday, Dec. 3, interview, Tomlinson said Camp Kysoc being rented for parties, weddings, anniversaries, family reunions, events for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and meetings for area industries and agencies.
But he said there are so many other opportunities the 85-acres has to offer.
Tomlinson pointed to the indoor pool as an example. It has not been used since the last Easter Seals camp in 2009. But the pool was properly drained and winterized, he said, meaning it can probably be put back into use without a big investment.
Tomlinson said this facility alone offers options for partnering with Carroll County Memorial Hospital for physical therapy treatment or with the Red Cross for swimming lessons.
He hopes the study will explore this and many other options for Camp Kysoc.
“It’s beautiful back there,” Tomlinson said of the site and adding that many local residents have never walked the property. “Camp Kysoc is an asset the county needs to build on.”
With so many projects underway, he said it’s been difficult to find the time to do that. With fresh eyes and their experience, he is confident the study and strategic plan find ways to increase the camp’s use and to help generate more revenue for the county.
The county has worked to clean up the property, clearing fallen limbs and trees. Tables and chairs also were purchased for the meeting facility.
At the Nov. 26 meeting, fiscal court voted to apply for nearly $6,000 in area development grant funds for equipment for Camp Kysoc. Tomlinson said this would allow the county to purchase items such as oven warmers for the kitchen to help those using Camp Kysoc for their meetings and events.
The ADF grant does not have to be matched locally by fiscal court.
The county entered into a long-term lease with Kentucky State Parks to use and operate Camp Kysoc property from the Kentucky State Parks in 2011.
Cardinal Hills Healthcare, which operated the camp under its Easter Seals program, closed the camp just prior to the opening of the 2010 season because it was losing money and turned the property back over to the Kentucky Department of State Parks.
Beware of scams
Tomlinson urged local residents to be cautious because some local residents are receiving calls telling them they have won a prize. But in order to claim it, they must provide personal information, such as a credit card number or send money to receive it.
“There is a lot of scamming out there,” Tomlinson said. “I would like to caution everybody.”
He said residents should not give out any of their information. Often, the calls are made to older residents that tend to fall prey to the scams.
Carroll County Jailer Mike Humphrey said one scam that is happening involves a caller telling someone that a family member, such as a grandson, is in jail and can be released if the person gives their credit card number.
Humphrey said the jail would not be making such calls.
“Be careful with that as well,” he said.
Milton-Madison Bridge update
Tomlinson said work continues on the piers to prepare them for the new bridge that will be moved into place next year.
That is expected to take place in mid-January, according to information from the public information officer with District 5 of the state’s transportation cabinet. However, weather could change that plan.
“It will have an impact on a lot of people,” Tomlinson said, noting it will be closed for five days during the time when crews slide it into place.
Tomlinson said he will keep the community informed so they will know when they will have to take detours that could impact their travel time.
Carroll County Fiscal Court voted to donate $1,500 to the Carroll County Arts Foundation to help the group get its non-profit tax status, known as a 501C3.
Tomlinson said they have been doing a lot of good programs at the library. “We have really got some talented people here,” he said.
Funding for the arts is “a quality of life issue,” Tomlinson explained.
In a letter to fiscal court, foundation chairman Hillary Arney said the group has a goal of raising $5,000 to go toward programming, legal and professional fees for the non-profit status, and supplies, such as membership cards, stationary and filing fees.
“Studies have documented that private and public funding of the area has shown to greatly impact communities,” Arney said in the request. “Not only does it improve our quality of life, but also our economic well-being. It creates a pleasing environment to both tourists and Carroll County residents.”
While the money is not budgeted, Tomlinson said funds are available to assist the foundation.
He said this will help the group get its non-profit status so they can see some of the many grants available for the arts.