Tourist commissioners want parks, roads kept clean
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Lake Barkley Tourist Commissioners are up in arms over lack of maintenance at parks managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Commissioner Wayne Breedlove called the Corps’ failure to regularly mow and remove debris from its parks at Old Kuttawa and Old Eddyville “a disgrace.”

Breedlove, who spoke at a special commission meeting Tuesday, said he has cleaned up the area around Kuttawa Harbor Marina, which he owns.

“It’s really sad that they can’t do a better job down there,” he said. “We’re spending all this money to promote this place and it’s (the lack of maintenance) embarrassing. The Corps has dropped the ball on that.”

Commissioner Kathy Ovey said the debris and overgrowth at the interstate exits “reflects on us.”

Eddyville Nancy Slaton, an ex officio commission member, said she and public works supervisor John Choat met with the Corps about the park in Old Eddyville, and it has been cleaned up.

Chairman Jamie Daniel expressed concern about the first impression visitors have of the county when they see overgrown weeds and cigarette butts at the interstate exits.

On a similar note, Judge-Executive Wade White, also an ex officio commission member, reported his concern regarding road issues in Land Between the Lakes.

“A lot is going on with the Forest Service over there,” he said. “... The LBL did a study in 2003 that showed road deterioration leads to fewer visitors. Yet they’ve got a list of roads for possible closing.”

White said he met with Trigg County and Stewart County, Tenn. officials Monday to discuss the LBL road issue.

“There were several promises made when that land was taken that need to be kept,” White said.

In the business session the commission heard routine reports from Executive Director Beau Choate regarding budgetary spending, events and promotions. Breedlove said he would like to see a comparison of expenditures this year with last year.

“We need to look at it to see if the money we are spending on these events is paying off,” he said, referring to the Blast at Kuttawa Harbor, Thunder Over Eddy Bay, last week’s car show, the upcoming Barbecue on Barkley and other promotions.

Choate said he would provide the comparison.

Breedlove said he believes the promotions and events are paying off but would like to see the numbers.

Choate reported he distributed more than 1,500 brochures during three days he spent at the Kentucky State Fair last week. He also reported 1,558 hits on the commission’s Facebook page regarding the Color Splash 5K run planned for 7 a.m. Saturday at the cross country trail in Lee S. Jones Park.

Daniel said he believes the Color Splash 5K is an event that could “really take off if we promote it right.”

The commission also approved $1,000 to sponsor the Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s lobbying efforts on behalf of tourism. The group’s awards dinner will be conducted in November in Louisville, Choat said. Before the business session began, White administered the oath of office to new commissioner Diane Critcheloe.
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