LITTLE MOUNTAIN — Little Mountain Town Council is continuing efforts to improve the Rocky Branch Natural area in town and are recruiting the assistance of the Boy Scouts.
The Little Mountain Boy Scouts troop is looking for Eagle Scout projects and the troops are looking to build benches for the trail. The benches must be built by April 1, according to Mayor Jana Jayroe.
The town will decide where to place the benches but the scouts will build and place them as directed.
Jayroe also said that the Rocky Branch trail must have some kind of deck, according to the grant. She said that $7,000 must go to constructing a deck with a 50 percent match by the town. Bids will be taken for the work.
Council will have a called meeting at 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at the trail head to observe possible sites for the placement of the deck, Jayroe said.
The trail, given to the town by former council member Roxie Derrick, allows walking opportunities and is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which allows ease of access for disabled persons to some of the trail.
In park news, Councilman Jeff Jefcoat said that the current Children’s Park needs to be cleaned up and asked if the park could grow into a natural area. Council members agreed but will discuss at future meetings.
It was also mentioned that there could be safety or liability issues because of a drainage area by the park. Jefcoat said that the local fire department could burn the limbs and some of the rubbish in the park.
Jayroe also brought up the Louie C. Derrick Center’s unfinished portion of the library. She suggested turning a window into a doorway or somehow bringing a door to the library part because the interior room has no exits to the outside.
She also pointed out that as people donate books to the library, they shouldn’t donate books they know could be taken out. The town cannot afford to have a librarian attend to the library portion of the center so people may come and go with books.
The other part of the center serves as a meeting place as well as a senior center where any senior citizen or person with a disability from around the county can come and eat lunch or do some sort of activity.