Creekfront plans to flush

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Hodgenville receives $24,692 grant from Department for Local Government

By Linda Ireland

Creekfront Park is scheduled for another improvement.

And to the many groups and individuals who hold events at the park, this one will provide much-needed relief. 

The City of Hodgenville has received a $24,692 state grant to install restrooms at the site. The money is being awarded by the Department for Local Government.

New lighting along the walking path was installed earlier this year.

Mayor Terry Cruse said Monday at the regular city council meeting that the restroom is pre-made and comes ready to set on a foundation. The city will run septic lines and install the foundation.

Cruse said the area is flood-prone “about twice a year” and the new facility will be constructed so floodwater can flow underneath it. The unit  will be waterproof and can be cleaned by a fire hose blast.

The pre-engineered building is the Cortez model from LB Foster. It’s described as an “economical double flush building” that can withstand a Zone-4 earthquake 250-pound per square-foot snow load and 120-mph wind load.

It should be installed this fall, but probably not before Lincoln Days the first weekend in October, Cruse said.

The building will be closed and winterized during the colder months.

“This will be a big asset to Creekfront,” Cruse said.

Creekfront Park is a popular gathering spot for families, walking groups and youth league sports.

The city received also a Safety Grant for $1,895.45 from the Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services to purchase reflective vests, safety barricades, traffic cones and other safety items. Cruse said the road department is always short of these items during the Lincoln Days festival.