New Alabama Campground in the Works
An engineering firm has been selected to design the recreational vehicle camping area at Colbert Alloys Park near Florence, Ala.
White Lynn Collins & Associates, of Florence, will create engineering drawings for the RV parking spaces, the septic sewer system and storm drainage, according to the Colbert County Commission, the Florence Times Daily reported.
The completed drawings will be used to solicit bids for construction work. The project also includes a topographical survey where the camping area will be built.
The contract does not include designs for roads, water and electrical lines, sewer or drainage systems outside the RV camping area, docks, buildings or other structures.
The park is in eastern Colbert County off River Road on Gargis Hollow, which empties into the Tennessee River.
The commission agreed to pay the firm $6,000 for the topographical survey and 7% of the construction cost for its engineering work on the campground.
Commissioner Rex Burleson, who is spearheading the development of the campground, said the county road department will perform some of the work, such as providing water to the campsites.
During the summer, county road department employees improved the tar and gravel road leading into the park and built a parking area near the boat ramp at Gargis Hollow.
In August, the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs awarded the commission a $50,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund grant to continue developing the park. The county agreed to provide $50,000 in matching funds.
Burleson said the county has about $83,000 it can use to develop the camping area, plus the $50,000 the county has agreed to provide.
The county also received $10,000 from the Colbert County Community Development Committee, $5,000 from the RC&D Council, $3,000 from the Tennessee Valley Authority and $15,000 from the sale of timber on the property.
Commissioner Roger Creekmore said another firm likely will perform additional engineering work for the sewer system outside the camping area.
The water department will perform engineering work for the water system and Sheffield Utilities will be asked to assist in designing the campground’s electrical system, Creekmore said.
County Engineer John Bedford said the road department would be clearing a fence line so a new fence can be installed, which was part of a land swap agreement with an adjacent landowner.
Bedford said he hopes some improvements made by the county can be counted toward the match.
Burleson said the county will proceed as far as it can with the money it has.
“Obviously we want to put in a system that not only works now, but is expandable,” Creekmore said.