BY LISA WARREN
The Kinser Park Commission held a brief meeting Tuesday evening at the Greene County Courthouse Annex.
The meeting was led by park commission Chairman Lloyd "Hoot" Bowers, who was elected at last month's meeting.
Commissioners gave approval for the installation of a gate just inside the entrance to the park.
The gate will cost $420, park manager Rex Oster told the commissioners.
"That's a little cheaper than I thought it would be," said commission member M.C. Rollins.
With the installation of the gate, Oster said that the park could save money on security lighting expenses.
Oster said there are 29 security lights which the park is currently paying $280 a month to keep on.
"With that gate, we can shut those security lights off," Oster said.
Oster also asked about the possibility of adding a sign at the park entrance as a reminder of rules and regulations that the boat ramp closes at dusk.
Commission member Max Cox also asked about the possibility of adding a contact phone number to the sign.
In other matters, the commissioners were told that Sheriff Steve Burns has indicated that local inmates could be made available to help with certain work projects at the park.
Bowers said that the inmates would have to be used away from the camping sites when campers are present.
Oster agreed, noting that "the majority of campers do not want them around."
Any inmate-involved work projects would have to be scheduled only on weekdays when campers are not present at the park, Oster said.
Also during the meeting, Bowers requested an update regarding the park's lease agreement with the Greeneville Marlins youth baseball organization.
At last month's meeting, outgoing commission Chairman Bob Schubel announced that a verbal agreement had been approved by the Tennessee Valley Authority for the contract agreement written up by attorneys Ron Woods and Ken Hood.
Schubel said the TVA's only question was whether the public would be able to use the facility. The answer is yes. However, the scheduling of public use will have to be through Kinser Park.
At Tuesday evening's meeting, Oster said that he doesn't know anything new regarding the lease agreement other than that it was approved and turned back to the Marlins.
Also during the meeting, Oster noted that there is still a water leak within some of the older water lines.
Bowers said that he will send a waterline expert out to the park for an inspection.
It was agreed that the commission will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
The next meeting was scheduled at 5:30 p.m. for Jan. 22, at the courthouse annex.