By Portia Williams
ARGILLITE, Ky. — Contractors were present at Jesse Stuart Lodge at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park in Argillite, Ky. on Tuesday initiating clean up efforts from the electrical fire which transpired at the Lodge on Oct. 4.
Stephanie Poplin, manager of Greenbo Lake Resort State Park, the cleaning process of Jesse Stuart Lodge is underway, and other work at the Lodge is in the making.
“We are getting ready to start with the clean up process from the fire that we had on October the fourth. The contracts have been awarded to the companies that will be taking care of that portion, as well as the other issues that are going to be resolved, such as our electrical control system which is what caught on fire, and that’s got to be replaced and that is getting ready to start soon as well, but the cleaning is going to be starting possibly today,” Poplin said.
On Monday, Poplin said Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, honored employees of the Jesse Stuart Lodge at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park for the incredible efforts in extinguishing the electrical fire that occurred on Oct. 4. In addition to Webb, Park officials were also present outside of the Jesse Stuart Lodge to recognize workers for their contributions.
“We are completely shut down right now, as far as the Lodge is concerned. We did have a lot of groups and events that were scheduled that, unfortunately had to canceled,” she said. “We have usually have a lot of Christmas parties during this time of the year, and we also had to cancel our Thanksgiving Buffet, which is something that we do annually, that accommodates 600 people or more, so that was business that we didn’t get this year, and it is looking like we probably won’t be open for Easter either which is usually another big day that we have.”
Additionally, the annual Train Show is another highly anticipated event that will not convene this year as a result of the fire, an event that has been held at the lodge for more than 30 years. The date for completion of the work is May 1, 2016.
“Right now we are shooting for May 1st to be finished with the work. We’ve had people to call and inquire about the events, such as the Train Show. In December we’ve always had the Greenup County Homemakers to come and decorate the Lodge, and we had 15 different Christmas trees that were done by the different Homemakers groups throughout Greenup County,” she said. “And we have always had a Christmas Open House, which of course is not going to happen this year. We’ve had a lot of people ask about these types of things. If there is anything that we want people to know, is that the Lodge is not closed for good, it is just temporarily closed, we are going to reopen, it is just going to take us a little bit of time.”
In the meantime, Poplin also the Lodge Marina is still open for the public to hold events, and weddings, and organizational meetings, until the cleanup and restoration work is complete at the Lodge. For more information, call 606-473-7324.
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