Vendors will pay to rent spaces at AOAA
BURNSIDE - Vendors at the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) will now have to pay a daily fee to rent space at the park.
Authority members approved a rental fee of $30 per day for a Northumberland County business and $40 per day for an out-of-county business.
The vote was unanimous among the four authority members at Monday's meeting. The fifth member, Pat Mack, was absent.
Authority chairman Jim Backes said the AOAA would try to promote the vendors on the park's website. He noted the layout of the park makes the centrally located trailhead the perfect location for groups to meet for lunch, which makes the park ideal for caterers.
"We want to try to make it fair for everyone," said Backes.
In other news:
- The authority ratified a motion to send the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) performed progress report for the first quarter of 2014 to ARC for a technology assistance grant.
- A motion to have Keystone Masonry Inc., provide materials and install a sign along the highway at a cost of $1,025 was ratified.
- The authority approved a motion to enter into an agreement with Wild Blue for satellite Internet. Installation cost is $75 and the monthly charge is $74.99. Backes said Verizon does not offer DSL service in the area, and Service Electric does not have infrastructure in the area.
- A motion was passed to send a letter to verify that a loaner vehicle from Kawasaki will only be used for AOAA business purposes.
- A motion was approved to issue a request for proposals for engineering and technical services for the three grants from the Commonwealth Financing Authority and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and for professional technical services for the ARC-Technology grant.
- A contract between the AOAA authority and Jeep Jamboree Inc. for the Coal Mountain Jeep Jamboree that is to take place from July 31 to Aug. 2 was approved. The AOAA will receive $30 per paid registrant, which the authority reported will be 113 vehicles. The authority said 90 attended last year.
- The authority approved hiring a customer service representative at a rate between $8 to $10 per hour. Authority members said during the park's opening weekend Saturday and Sunday, it became apparent that the administrative assistant would require help during open hours. The customer service position would involve 10 to 30 hours per week depending on park hours. The authority also ratified the hiring of Brian Shurock as an administrative assistant at $14 per hour.
- The authority approved sending a letter from the AOAA to Earthday Campground expressing the AOAA's interest in promoting local businesses and investment project like theirs. Authority member David Crowl said one of the most common questions from visitors is about finding a campsite, especially one they can ride to on their ATV. The letter is to indicate an interest in developing a trail that would provide access directly from the campground to the AOAA. Authority members said they were interested in finding similar campground partners.
"If people are camping locally, they're eating locally," said Backes.