Pineville Mayor Sherwin Rader announced during the council meeting that the city has received a memorandum of understanding from the state on the annexation of the Pine Mountain State Park and Resort.
Though the memorandum has been sent to the city, Rader stated there remains details to be worked out. This includes emergency services. The city wants to make sure it will not be the Pineville Police Department’s responsibility to be first responders in the park.
Rader said the city should be secondary responders to the park rangers. Rader said there are hopes the plan will be clarified soon.
Pineville City Council announced plans to annex portions of the park earlier this fall. By annexing Pine Mountain, the park will become part of the city limits. The area the council intends to annex includes an unincorporated area of 1,739.86 acres and the park lodge and restaurant.
Secretary of Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Marcheta Sparrow has publicly said she supports the annexation. According to Sparrow, Pine Mountain was Kentucky’s first state park, established in 1924.
The Pineville City Council announced intent to annex portions of the Pine Mountain State Resort Park in July and held first reading on the ordinance in October.
Rader also announced that she had received the CSX agreement. Within the agreement it states CSX will replace the seals for the railroad. It also states the city will be responsible for all the maintenance for the flood walls.
The city was notified that two police vehicles will be arriving in the upcoming weeks. The vehicles are funded through a grant submitted for the city.