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Fulton may acquire Baxter campground

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Staff Writer

Fulton County is likely to take over the Woods Point Camp grounds in Baxter County. Paul Garrisson gave a presentation concerning the campground at the Fulton County Quorum Court meeting March 8.

Garrisson, a concerned citizen from Fulton County, told the court the campground was going to be shut down by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He said although the campground is located in Baxter County, it is primarily used by Fulton County residents.

Garrisson said the lease can be picked up only by a government entity. He said if the county decides to pick up the lease, a non-profit committee will run it.

Judge Curren Everett asked Garrisson what the cost of running the campground would be. Garrisson said there wouldn't be any cost to the county. He said the campground makes between $1,800 to $2,200 yearly. He said in the past the cost of running the campground was approximately $5,000 a season. He said this cost would be offset by $3,000 in donations. He said the largest expenditures associated with the campground were mowing and cleanup. He said 40 people have volunteered to do these jobs and that would eliminate most of the cost.

Garrisson said if the county lost any money on the project, the lease could be terminated immediately.

The proposal was well received by the quorum court, but members told Garrisson they needed some more information before they acted.

In other court action, Everett told the court the county is spending too much money on vandalized 9-1-1 signs. He said it cost the county $30 when a sign is taken or destroyed. He said it also takes time and gas to go out to fix the signs.

Everett asked Fulton County Sheriff Lloyd Martz if the sheriff's department could set up a surveillance camera to catch the perpetrators. Martz said it was a possibility.

Everett said he also wanted to emphasize to the media there is a $1,000 reward for catching these sign thieves. Fulton County Attorney Dwayne Plumlee said there is a $1,000 fine for stealing signs.

The court unanimously voted to place Shanna McGuffey on the library board. She will replace former board member Novella Humphrey.

The court also voted to allocate the federal HazMat I and II grant monies. Everett said the money is given through the Homeland Security Act to help rural communities improve their emergency response organizations.

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