By: Lara Pack
Paintsville/Johnson County Trail Town
The Paintsville/Johnson County Trail Town committee welcomed Jodie Williams of The Kentucky Department for Local Government and the organizer of the Kentucky Trails Program to their monthly meeting Tuesday night at the Ramada.
Williams manages the segment of DLG that is responsible for reviewing federal grant applications to build and maintain trails.
The twenty-five year veteran of the organization is also the primary contact for the Land and Water Conservation grant segment of DLG.
The meeting was attended by not only Trail Town members but County Judge Executive Elect Mark McKenzie as well as Commissioner Elect Tim Salyer.
Trail Town TRAC Chair, Tony Skeans , Merchant Chair local businessman Kelly Conley, Misha Curnutte, Funding Chair and Signage Chair Joel Ward and his lovely wife were on hand to learn from Ms. Williams expertise.
Also attending was Paintsville Tourism Director Josh Johnson.
A good number of private property owners who are interested in the proposed ATV trail development in the Oil Springs area were in attendance to learn more about the grant process as well as what protections are afforded land owners under the states KRS 411 Statute that protects land owners who offer part of their lands for public trail access.
The grant submittal process is to begin any day with the release of opening the process by DLG and will complete with actual submittal in April.
It is a very exciting time for our local team and the groundwork has been laid and now the funding is needed to make the dream a reality.
The meeting and its conversations were posted live on the Trail Town FaceBook page and can be viewed there at Paintsville/Johnson County Trail Town.
The meeting ended with Trail Town Catalyst Lara Pack and Volunteer Committee Chair Catherine Castle calling for any and all to join them and the other chairs in planning and implementing the teams many kayaking, hiking, biking and general outdoor adventure activities that will be continued to be offered in our community in the coming 2019 adventure tourism season.
Trail Town announced their theme for 2019 in “A Big Dream takes a Big Team” and they hope to see more of their local counterparts come out, volunteer time and talents and generally support an improved quality of life for all of us.