City hopes to open fish hatchery in Lynch

Nola Sizemore Staff Writer

October 9, 2013

Updating the city on the status of several grants and projects involving the city, Bobbie Gothard, Tri-City Main Street Director, told members of the Lynch City Council on Tuesday “things are looking up for the area even with the loss of coal mining jobs.”

“Grants we received in June from the Robert “Bob” Frazier Foundation, almost all of those projects are completed,” said Gothard. “Refurbishing of the old photos for Lynch has not been done, but they are working on those. The Lynch Garden Club has completed their projects and the roof for city hall and the repairs to the packer are also completed.”

Gothard said a new grant is being prepared from the Frazier Foundation, and will be sent out at the end of this month. She said the city has requested playground equipment, beautification, a handicap ramp for the Bulldog Room at the Depot, along with shelving, cabinets and display cases for the gift shop at the recently refurbished Fire House.

“Erica (Eldridge), your city clerk, is working on another grant with T-21 (transportation enhancement) for two campgrounds for the city,” said Gothard. “I’ve been working with the Small Town Development, through ARC (Appalachian Regional Commission) money, where (Mayor) John (Adams) and I have requested to be included in their grants for this year. This is a request to start up a fish hatchery in the city. We’ll have to get some agreements with the county and make sure we’re all on the same page on this.”

Gothard said she and Adams are working with the county at this time trying to obtain documentation to partner with the city in opening the hatchery. She said once it is established, the city will be responsible for running the operation.

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