Mike Michael wants the Madison County Park District to fulfill its mission of enhancing the overall image of the park district in the county.
So, he wasn’t thrilled to learn a five-gallon bucket had replaced a portable toilet on the trail at the Wilson Road trail head.
Michael, president of the nonprofit Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails (FMCPT), showed a photo of the stall to Madison County commissioners Monday during the park district’s report to the board.
The bucket, placed within the fenced-in area by an unknown individual last week, has been there since at least last Monday, said Michael.
Commissioners have been in discussions with the district and FMCPT for months regarding the portable toilet. Commissioner Paul Gross had asked if it could be removed to eliminate the $1,536 annual expense, but park officials remained adamant that the facilities were necessary.
Gross was later convinced the portable toilet was needed, but still felt the price was too high.
Previously, the park board paid $128 per month to Waste Management. A new contract with ABC Restrooms, owned by Cory Coburn, has a cost of $90 per month.
The bucket — and lack of portable toilet — is a result of timing and miscommunication, Gross said. Waste Management has removed its toilet, but ABC Restrooms has not yet put the new one in place.
Gross provided Coburn’s telephone number to Michael to suggest the new facility be installed as soon as possible.
The portable toilet was in place — and the bucket removed, courtesy of Coburn — by Monday afternoon.
In other park business:
• Julia Cumming, the district’s project coordinator, said there is $4 million in green space grant money available. The grant is primarily for land acquisition.
Gross said FMCPT executive director Wayne Roberts has previously expressed interest with acquiring land adjacent to the trail to be used for camping. He suggested Cumming learn if the purchase would be possible with the grant funding.
The deadline to apply is Oct. 30.
• Michael reported that riders participating in the recent Blue Moon Ride the evening of July 31 were splattered with “manure water” while riding through South Charleston. A business in the village turns on the sprayers at night, he said.
Commissioner David Dhume said he would reach out to Clark County commissioners to see if the situation could be remedied.
The district is planning another night ride Aug. 29.
• No bids were received by the district for a project to reseal the trails, Cumming said. She attributed the lack of activity to it being the “wrong time of year.” The district plans to put the project out to bid again during the winter.
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