Adjustments made as final touches added to new Conservation Department cabins

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


To make room for more guests, the new cabins with the Henry County Conservation Department will have two ?master bedrooms,? and the third room will be furnished with two bunk beds to make it easier for families to vacation together.

Although adding two bunk beds will cost a little more than the standard twin beds the Conservation Department was initially planning on purchasing, John Pullis, Executive Director of Conservation, said that the idea was brought to him by several people and the additional beds will enable more family getaways.

Construction on the cabins is currently 0.1 percent over budget; however, this includes adding full basements to both cabins instead of crawl spaces. All lighting fixtures for the cabins have already been purchased and were half the anticipated price. Appliances for the cabins have also been ordered.

As final touches are added, Pullis took some time to cut out prints of the furniture for the cabin to get a feel for layout. In doing so, he found that the patio door would swing in and hit the kitchen table. Instead of fitting the cabins with patio doors with an inswing, they will purchase doors with an outswing. The price for these doors is comparable to the inswing doors and still is ADA compliant.

In other news, the Conservation Department is looking into other civil engineering firms to give them direction on whether or not to move the Waterworks Park campground.

They have been working with Warner Engineering Associates Inc. Pullis said that since they started working with Warner eight months ago, they have received ?no information from them whatsoever.?

?I think the board has had their fill,? Pullis said.

Conservation is considering moving the Waterworks Parks campground after flooding has resulted in over $190,000 worth of damages since 1993.

With camp registration opening by April, Pullis also wanted to remind Henry County residents that registration is on a first come, first served basis and that they cannot reserve spots with online registration.

?We can?t alter the website to give preference to a county resident,? Pullis said. ?We encourage parents to sign up sooner.?

Pullis also was hopeful that weather would stay warm enough for the department to host maple syrup collecting on Saturday, Feb. 24. The demonstration is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon.