A project to construct cabins and an RV camping pad at Harvey County Camp Hawk moved forward Monday after a 3-0 vote by the county commission.
Originally planned to be one cabin in 2018, the project received a boost from the Rhodes Foundation when a grant was given to the county parks. That $90,000, about 60 percent, which will be used on the cabin/RV project at Camp Hawk, will allow the parks department to install two cabins instead of one.
The county commission was able to get a look at images of proposed structures Monday. Both cabins will be constructed by a company called Sturdi-Bilt.
“They can do the cabins and the RV pads on site,” said Cass Miller, director of the Harvey County Parks Department.
The plan is to have a contracted plumber, who hasn't yet been selected, install some stubbed-in plumbing for both cabins and the RV pads. Concrete foundations will come next.
The cabins will then be constructed — one with a porch designed to sleep a couple of people, and another with a loft that will be available for a larger group.
“There is (one) loft that we can put mattresses ... that will allow us to have more sleeping space,” Miller said.
A contracted electrician will handle electrical work. The county will be charged with insulating and finishing the inside of each cabin.
The total project cost is estimated at $90,435. Funding will come from a combination of park funds and the Rhodes Foundation grant.
“We will use about two-thirds of the grant for this project, with the other one-third to go for a playground project that we have already approved (at another park),” said county administrator Anthony Swartzendruber.
Both of the cabins will be 16 feet by 32 feet, with one bed, a bathroom, living room and kitchen area. One cabin will have a loft that will allow for a second sleeping area, probably for children.
The commission voted to move forward with the project and start seeking a plumbing company to perform that work. A project timeline wasn't discussed Monday.
In other business, the commission:
• Approved moving forward with a bid for two pickup trucks to be purchased by the road and bridge department. Both are part of the department capital improvement plan.
• Discussed the Harvey County Community Mental Health Center Advisory Committee guidelines.
• Learned that a park for remote controlled vehicles constructed at Harvey County East Park will open this weekend.
• Learned the Harvey County sheriff is changing the jail's commissary and telephone provider.
• Discussed fee increases at the Reno County Landfill.
• Approved a special use permit for a boat and RV storage facility at 9520 S. Kansas Ave.
• Approved a special use permit for a groundwater pit for the sale of gravel at 7908 S. Wheat State.
• Discussed the Community Corrections 2020 Comprehensive Plan.