Board approves easement release

By John Butters, The JOURNAL


The Washington County Conservation Board approved the release of an easement for the Kewash Trail at a brief meeting Monday.

The easement, located on property owned by a business in Keota, provided direct access from the trail to the community.

The easement is no longer needed because new trail construction directs hikers and bikers to a recently  built Keota trailhead located south of the business. The updated trailhead includes a parking lot, lighting, picnic shelter and other amenities. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is being planned for late August or early September to recognize those who made the Keota Kewash Trailhead possible.

In other business, the board reviewed its plans for a $92,500 repaving of the asphalt portion of the Kewash Trail and a connecting trail to Sunset Park.

A joint project with the City of Washington, the board has contracted with LL Pelling for the repairs. The city and the conservation board are working on a trail project that would provide a paved surface from Sunset Park to Lexington Boulevard, near the  Kirkwood College campus.

Other projects reviewed include added amenities to Foster Woods Park. Following a complete renovation of the park, the board constructed a picnic shelter at the park and will be adding railings and tables to the shelter. Additional landscaping is planned for the grounds.

The board received an update on the Krotz memorial to be added to Marr Park.

In other business the board welcomed new member Kim Prier to the board.