STANFORD - This December as the snow begins to fall, Judge-Executive Buckwheat Gilbert will be planning for the sunny weather ahead. If all goes as planned, the summer's sun will bring with it a walking trail in First Southern Veteran's Park and a new beach at Cedar Creek Lake.
Both projects will be financed with a state grant recently awarded to Lincoln County by the state Department for Local Government. The funding - $50,000 for the trail and $75,000 for the beach - will not be available until after January and must be matched by the county.
Gilbert said the matching funds would come in the form of in-kind labor, using the estimated costs of machine and man-hours spent by the county on the beach and walking path.
Cedar Creek Lake already has several bank-access fishing areas, but no official swimming areas. Gilbert said he would dredge out a section of bank waters, mark off the area with buoys and have several inches of sand spread.