On a wish list for at least three years, a project to install a floating dock at the Booneville Human Development Center water supply lake is now underway.
The project got a boost last week from State Rep. Jon Eubanks, R-Paris, in the form of a $25,000 General Improvement Fund check.
The Logan County Road Department had already started clearing and widening the entry way to the lake, which is accessible from Jack Creek Road, and will also be repairing the road for use. The county is supplying labor and equipment for that phase of the project and BHDC is providing any materials, such as culverts.
The dock, BHDC superintendent Jeff Goneya said last week, will be 190 feet long by 10 feet wide and will include two 10 foot by 20 foot covered areas and seven benches, as well as a fishing net for which fish will be held for fishing derbies and such.
The dock will be completely compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The total cost of the project is about $170,000 and BHDC is expecting another GIF cash influx from State Sen. Gary Stubblefield, R-Branch.
The money from Eubanks was appropriated through the Petit Jean Regional Foundation, a 501c(3) non profit corporation, who will serve as an administrator.
"We’re trying to serve as a nucleus for projects that are good for the community that we can support," said PJRF president Jeral Hampton. "Our board is solid on that and this is something that they needed some support for."
However, the money from Stubblefield, though appropriated, due to language in the appropriations, will need to be readdressed during the fiscal session in January of 2014.
Once that money has been received, the project is anticipated to be complete in April.