Mountwood Park considers upgrades

VOLCANO – The Mountwood Park board members discussed the changes needed at the park to offer camping sites to the recent influx of oil and gas employees in surrounding areas during their Monday evening monthly meeting.

With so many oil and gas employees seeking temporary living quarters in Wood County recently, Mountwood Park needs to take advantage of the situation by updating its camping sites to include full hook-ups now, rather than in the future, said board member Gary Thompson.

Many of the spots available for camping within Mountwood Park have power available, but water is another story, said board president Bob Buchanan.

Water lines throughout the park are buried at different depths, said park director Jeremy Cross. These depths vary from six inches to six feet, and not all of them are below the frost line, Cross said.

This means that, during cold weather, most of the park’s water lines must be shut down to prevent freezing of the pipes, Cross said.

To make these camping locations appealing to the oil and gas employees in the area, they will require running water and electricity to be available at all times, Buchanan said.

The board discussed ideas for improving areas of the park to appeal to oil and gas employees in the near future, including the leasing of heating strips for the ground-to-camper water junctions, the possible locations for new camping areas to be installed, and updates to existing camping lots to make them full hook-up capable as well.

Mountwood Park has 89 camping sites, 13 of which are full hook-up locations.

In other business, the board members voted unanimously to keep the current concessions stand contract in place for another year.

The current concessions stand contract permits the park to collect a percentage of all money gained by the concession stand operator throughout the open season, said Buchanan. In 2013, this amounted to $2,700 for Mountwood Park.

Last year’s concession stand contract was brought forward, and the dates changed to reflect 2014, by unanimous vote.

On the matter of financial reports, the board voted to have the monthly financial records reviewed by a third-party certified public accountant. John Altman was the CPA chosen for the task by the board.

Buchanan explained the need for this third party financial review as a way of protecting Mountwood Park in the event of an audit.

The board members present stressed that they trust Cross in his duties of handling the money at the park.

Having an outside CPA look over the monthly numbers, and available to attach a signature to any future possible audits, will protect the park from any possible future problems or oversights that may occur, Buchanan said.