Hill County Park Board Discusses Issue with Lodge

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – The Hill County Park Board met on Monday evening for their regular monthly meeting.

Beaver Creek Park Superintendent Chad Edgar says the Lodge at Camp Kiwanis is currently not in use after an architect said it was at risk due to a stabilization issue.

Edgar says they are working to “band-aid it up” for the time being to allow it to be usable by the first camp at Kiwanis on June 6th.

The Friends of Beaver Creek Park is providing $13,000 for engineering and architecture work.

The plan is for a more permanent fix to the building to be completed this fall, although a total cost of the project is not known. The Park Board will work to find funding sources such as grants, and it is possible insurance could cover some of the costs as well.

Edgar says by their June meeting, he will present a draft of the proposed Park budget and he will have a better idea of the cost of repairs for the Lodge.

Also discussed at the meeting:

  • Members of the Havre Lions Club expressed frustration about unclear boundary of their campground. They say that it is not clear if they are responsible for managing three campsites that are separated from the rest of the campground. The Board voted to look into the issue and figure out a solution
  • The Board voted to allow local Veterans organizations to continue with plans to build a Veterans Memorial Campgrounds near first lake. The first step will be to fundraise and complete plans for a bridge to cross the creek. A fundraiser is scheduled for July 9th and 10th to help raise funds. The event will feature live music, a cornhole competition, and raffles.
  • Edgar says nobody has applied for the Assistant to the Park Superintendent Position. It has been posted for several weeks as a result of Aubrey Williams resigning to take a job elsewhere.
  • Commissioner Mark Peterson announced that the Rules and Regulations Committee will be meeting at May 26th from 6-9 PM at the 4-H Chuckwagon to continue discussions about creating a beaver management policy. He says several experts will speak either virtually and in-person, and there will be time for some public comment
  • Edgar says 46 total beavers were trapped at the park between October 15th, 2020 and April 15th, 2021

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