Construction of South Cross Fence Delayed Due to Cattle Guard Issue

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – The Hill County Park Board held their monthly meeting on Monday and discussed an issue holding up construction of the South Cross Fence.

Superintendent Chad Edgar says the Road Department has told him they do not want to install a cattle guard at the south end of Beaver Creek Highway due to potential liability concerns. He says they are figuring out what it would cost to install a cattle guard themselves, and may hold a grazing committee meeting later this month to discuss the matter further.

The fence will split the roughly 3,300 acre south pasture of Beaver Creek Park into two to allow for more even grazing of the area. It is supposed to feature cattle guards where it crosses the Beaver Creek Highway and Alkali Springs Road, and a walk-through gate where it crosses Bear Paw Nature Trail.  The hope was for the project to be completed in time for this year’s grazing season, but it is unclear if that can still be accomplished.

Other issues discussed at the meeting:

  • Lindsey Bennett of Havre Trails says that the frisbee golf course will be all ready to go for the summer by the end of May. Signs on the nine-hole course, which has been officially named “Normandy Coulee Disc Golf Course,” will be posted to help direct players. Bennett also says 4×4 posts will be place on the Rotary Canyon Trail to help guide hikers who have gotten lost since the Rotary Falls Spur was added onto the trail.
  • Work on repairing damage caused by the wind storm this winter is underway. The Chapel roof has been repaired, and next up is fixing up the rec halll, the shelter at First Lake, and the broken garage door. The Board approved a request from Edgar to use money saved by doing these projects himself to purchase an insulated garage door. A rough estimate for the cost is $8,200.
  • Edgar says Park Usage is up some recently due to warmer weather, and says spring cleanup will begin this week. He also says a new patrol truck that was recently purchased with Board approval is now in use.

The next Park Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 3rd at Beaver Lodge. A potluck will be held at 5:30 PM for Board members and cabin owners, with the meeting to follow.

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