Hill County Park Board Says Lodge Temporarily Stabilized

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

Park Superintendent Chad Edgar says the Lodge at Camp Kiwanis is back in operation for the summer after a stabilization issue was temporarily fixed.

Funds for the temporary fix came from their Capital Improvement Fund as well as a donation from Friends of Beaver Creek Park.

However, a permanent fix will have to take place once the summer season is concluded, and the cost of repairs is unknown at this time. The Board is hoping for funding through grants or other methods, but some of it will likely have to come from the Park budget. Other funds could come through an insurance claim or County COVID relief funds.

The damage to the lodge was likely cause by a large snow load, according to what engineers told Edgar.

Other action taken or items discussed at the meeting:

  • The Board approved the tentative 2021-2022 budget based on preliminary estimates. Expenses total around $220,670 while revenue totals around $236,960. These numbers are subject to change, and Edgar says they “never overspend,” but sometimes estimated revenue is higher than projections. In the approved budget, the around $16,000 difference between revenue and expenses would be used on repairing the lodge.
  • Usage of the park has increased as the weather has warmed
  • The issue of the Lions Campground Boundary was tabled to allow time for more research into the issue

The next Park Board meeting is set for Monday, July 12th at the Timmons Room of the Hill County Courthouse. The change in location from the Fairgrounds is due to the Fair taking place that week.

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