Panel discusses restrooms at parks
by Anthony Cloud Staff Writer
Restrooms at Brownies Creek and Arjay parks were discussed during the Bell County Fiscal Court meeting on Tuesday. Some members of the two communities have questioned the panel about installing restrooms at the two facilities.
Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock said he would love to have restrooms at the two parks, but negative activity tends to occur inside restrooms at parks. Brock offered the Veterans Park along U.S. 119 as a prime example.
The restrooms at the Veterans Park were installed four years ago. It cost close to $40,000 of coal severance money to build the restrooms.
“We’ve had a terrible time,” said Brock in regards to maintaining the restrooms at the Veterans Park.
Brock said people have a tendency to do drugs and other inappropriate activity in the restrooms. The facilities have also been vandalized and damaged over time. Brock pointed out the facilities are located near a busy highway and the county garage.
Brock said he is reluctant to install restrooms at the parks because of their secluded location. He also said at some point there may be restrooms installed if the communities continue to embrace the parks.
Other business taken care of during the meeting included:
* Approve payment of $31,534 to Willis Paving Inc. for paving various county roads (to be paid when funds are received);
* Change Sara Davidson from part-time EMT to part-time paramedic at $9.50 per hour;
* Approve 2012 Unmined Coal Tax Settlement for the Bell County Sheriff;
* Accept checks in the amount of $34,911.42 from Bruce Bennett, sheriff;
* Accept checks from Becky Blevins, clerk.
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