POINT PLEASANT — This is the perfect time of year to enjoy the nature trails at Letart Nature Park, which is on county property behind the Letart Community Building.
Volunteers for the nature park organization and committee once again appeared before the Mason County Commission to update it on improvements to the park at Thursday’s regular commission meeting. This effort to improve the area is completely grassroots and involves residents, as well as some help from the Army National Guard, the latter of which is set to return in 2016 to assist with further improvements.
This year, the guard helped with excavating the area which cleared the way for some nature trails to open to the public for walking and hiking. The group has even done GPS work on the trails and will be putting out a map showing their location and degree of difficulty.
So far, the group has raised $10,000 and has accumulated the equivalent of $20,000 in volunteer labor hours. The group sold out of 300 cookbooks. One of its popular fundraising items is “Walk on the Wild Side” T-shirts promoting the park and trails available at The Corner Cafe. There are plans for a website and a kiosk at the park as well. Volunteers said this time of year at the park is particularly “fantastic” to take in the scenery.
County Commissioners Rick Handley, Miles Epling and Tracy Doolittle all complimented the volunteers for getting involved in the property and turning it into a destination for anyone in the county to visit.
In other commission news:
Appointed to the Mason County Building Commission were John Collins for a three-year term, Dale Humphreys for a two-year term and Mindy Kearns for a one-year term. Collins and Humphreys were actually reappointed to terms and already serve on the commission.
Commissioners approved receiving a Victim’s Advocate Grant in the amount of $29,667.
Commissioners also signed a proclamation supporting Home Care and Hospice Month in November with staff from Holzer Home Care at the meeting.
Commissioners approved a county wrecker policy for when wreckers are needed to remove vehicles or clean up hazardous materials.
Commissioners recognized, and thanked, all veterans in the county with Veterans Day on the horizon.
The meeting adjourned into executive session to discuss personnel policy. The session was requested by Mason County Sheriff Greg Powers. It was not known at press time if any action was taken after adjourning back into regular session.
Also at the meeting was County Administrator John Gerlach.
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