By Natalie Conrad
Herald Staff Writer
Park fees and rules at local parks will see some changes in the new year.
The Clinton County Conservation Board approved an increase in camping fees and dropped an alcohol law.
Camping fees will increase for the first time since 2006. Current rates are $16 for electric and $10 for non-electric sites. These will increase to $17 and $12 respectively in the spring season to cover costs associated with maintaining campgrounds.
The board also reviewed rules and regulations. A rule making it illegal to have beverages with more than 5 percent alcohol content on the premises was dropped.
“It’s just not enforcable,” Conservation Board Executive Director Walt Wickham said. “We can’t look at the label of every container and we already have rules in place for public intoxication.”
This rule was introduced in the past by a park officer and it was found unsuccessful and unenforcable by the staff.
Besides these changes, the Eco Center continues to see change as the mural is set to be completed by the end of the month. The Conservation Foundation is expected to move ahead on getting displays for a projected completion date in the summer.
Naturalists have planned a full schedule of winter programs, but winter tends to be a slower season for the parks. The lack of snow and cold weather has not been ideal for winter activities such as snowshoeing, cross country skiing and ice skating.
“It has slowed down a little, but we are anxious to see things pick up in the spring,” Wickham said.