RV park groundbreaking to be held this Thursday

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By Kristin Beck

Now that the bid has been awarded to Ohio Valley Asphalt, the Two Rivers RV Park will finally get under way.

The city, OVA and architectural firm Lose & Associates will be holding a pre-construction meeting on May 19. Mayor Gene McMurry said all of the permits are in place. There is one minor glitch involving a small wetland area that the Army Corps of Engineers has labeled on its maps. However, McMurry said he does not think it will be a problem.

Following the meeting, the city is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony at 12:30 p.m. at the RV park site at Second and Seminary streets. All those who were involved in getting the project under way are invited to attend, McMurry said. Thus far, State Rep. Rick Rand will attend; Gov. Steve Beshear and State Sen. Ernie Harris also are invited.

McMurry said constructionshould begin the last week of May. OVA’s projected completion date for the park is Aug. 15.

OVA is “very capable and competent,” said McMurry, who worked with the company while he was county judge-executive. “If there is something you are concerned about, you can talk to them and if it is a problem, they will take care of it.”

McMurry said he hopes to finish purchasing the land needed for the river walk project between Fourth and Fifth streets in June. One piece of property is not recorded on anyone’s deed, and City Attorney Nick Marsh is working to sort it out. McMurry said he talked to the surrounding property owners, and he does not foresee the city having a problem purchasing it.

In late summer/early fall, the mayor said he wants to begin cleaning up the area for the river walk and stabilizing the riverbank. Once Lose & Associates finishes the plans for the RV park’s bath house and pavilion, they will begin finishing the master plan for the Point Park area. McMurry said the lights lining Main Street will also be used along the river walk and at the RV park.

McMurry announced at the May 9 city council meeting that Don Mougey had recently resigned as the fundraising chair for the Park to Park Trails project, as well as a Design and Review Board member. He said he is currently looking for replacements for both positions.

To allow the city to apply for additional grant funding, council authorized Marsh to set up the Carrollton Community Development Foundation, which would make the city a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Council approved up to $1,000 to pay Marsh’s attorney fees, filing fees and possibly funds to secure advice from city auditor Raisor, Zapp & Woods PSC.