By Jeff Noble /Staff Writer
At the corner of Main and Monroe streets in downtown Corbin, some work was done Tuesday which will help pave the way for the finished product — the long-awaited park honoring the city’s best-known business man, Colonel Harland Sanders.
Armed with a backhoe, shovels and other tools, workers with E G & K Construction Company of Corbin began cutting trenches for conduit and wall footers in the concrete that was poured earlier this year.
The work being done now will set the table for the laying of bricks and concrete blocks at the park site. That will be done by students of Somerset Community College’s Masonry Technology program, based at the SCC’s Laurel Campus in London.
The students are involved in a community service program at SCC that involves $30,000 of free labor donated to the City of Corbin.
“We’re having a steady stream of bricks, and money from the Tourism Commission for the infrastructure for the park. We should be expecting SCC’s students there on-site within a week,” Suzie Razmus of the Friends of Colonel Sanders organization said Tuesday afternoon.
Helping the Friends with the infrastructure work is a total of $85,000 from the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission. This past June, $80,000 was allocated by the Tourism Board for lighting, railing and landscaping work on the park, which was the highest amount budgeted by the board for 19 events and sponsorships.
During a Tourism Board meeting in May, Razmus said the $85,000 would take care of everything needed in the construction except for the statue of Colonel Sanders.
Work continues on raising the money needed to buy the Sanders statue, which is estimated at $47,000. Razmus said most of the donations are coming from the sale of personalized bricks, which will be placed in the park.
Samples of the bricks and pavers people can buy to help build the park are available at the Tri-County Cineplex on Cumberland Falls Highway in Corbin. Donations can also be made at the cineplex, by mailing them to Build the Colonel, P. O. Box 1213, Corbin, KY 40702, or by going to the group’s website at www.buildthecolonel.com.
Last month, Razmus told commission members the park should be completed by early next August, in time for the 61st Annual Nibroc Festival.
By Jeff Noble /Staff Writer
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