Unlike the planning stages and funds procurement, installation of a floating dock at the Booneville Human Development Center was lightning fast.
Appreciation was almost as instantaneous.
Following a two-day job, State Sen. Gary Stubblefield, R-Branch, and Rep. Jon Eubanks, R-Paris, visited the dock Thursday. It was Eubanks who provided $25,000 and Stubblefield who added $100,000 to the project.
Like Eubanks, Stubblefield had an appropriation for the project approved during the 89th General Assembly in 2013 but language in the Senate appropriations forced the issue to be revisited in the fiscal session earlier this year.
"Sometimes you do a project and you’re not so sure," Eubanks remarked. "But not with this one."
Both Stubblefield and Eubanks were impressed with the project paid for largely through General Improvement Funds the lawmakers dedicated to the project. Equally impressed with the outcome was Logan County Judge Gus Young — after receipt of GIF funds from Eubanks, using BHDC supplied materials including culverts county road department road personnel and equipment were employed to reconstruct that road leading to the lake.
Sixteen foot dock piers anchor the dock over nine feet of water. The side of the dock exposed to the largest portion of the lake is also equipped with handles for a net which will be lowered when the smaller portion of the lake is stocked with fish for fishing derbies. Once the derbies are complete, the net will be removed allowing remaining fish access to the full lake, BHDC superintendent Jeff Gonyea said.
The installation is not actually complete. The dock that bisects the most accessible portion of the lake that serves as a water supply for BHDC, is in place, but the two 20-foot canopies have not been installed. Those, which are removable and will be stored through the winter months, are ordered, Gonyea said.
Otherwise the dock is maintenance free and can be cleaned with a pressure washer.
Also remaining are the installation of new picnic tables, a water line, and concrete ramps to make the dock fully compliant with the American with Disabilities Act as well as create a state park-feel for outings.
Gonyea and assistant superintendent Mark Wargo said they envisioned many client activities at the facility in the near future. Gonyea said a cookout would be the first event and pledged to invite the lawmakers back out to the lake.
The total cost of the project is $170,000.