For the first time since the flood earlier this year, Hardy is ready to lease the camper park again. A lease agreement was drawn up before the flood but the park was never leased due to the damage the flood caused.
The Hardy Camper Park is located on Spring River. In March when Spring River flooded there was severe damage to the park and many camper trailers parked there.
Hardy leases the park to an outside source who is responsible for the park. The lease was drawn up for the person who had expressed an interest in leasing the park, but when the flood came the damage to the park was so extensive the city could not lease the park.
During the Hardy City Council meeting Nov. 18 the council discussed the lease. The lease states that payment will be made to the city of Hardy for the leasing of the park. The lease will be $9,000 per year with a minimum two year lease. The council also agreed that the operator of the park should keep it open 12 months a year.
The council also agreed the person leasing the park will be required to carry insurance and will be responsible for picnic tables if they should be damaged or carried down the river again. The council is hoping whoever leases the park will be ready to begin Jan. 1.
Mayor Nina Thornton told the council she had visited with the new Cherokee Village Police Chief, Jason French. "French came to all the cities to show them he is reaching out," Thornton said.
French drew up an agreement for each of the cities to sign. The reason for the agreement is to clearly state who is responsible for actions that have to be taken out of one's jurisdiction. Thornton said, for instance, if one of Cherokee's police officers has to come to Hardy to assist with a call and they wreck their car, Hardy is not responsible for the damage.
Trail of Terror was a huge success. According to Thornton, there were 600 kids or more. "We bought enough candy to double last years and we gave it all away in one hour," Thornton told the council.