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City Not Opposed to Merling’s Plan; Point to Army Corps of Engineers

May 22nd, 2014 by WCBC Radio

Despite a public perception that city government more often than not can act as an impediment as opposed to offering assistance for new business and economic ventures- Cumberland officials say that isn’t the case in general- and not the case with a proposed River Recreation plan. Local businessman George Merling wants to expand his investment in Cumberland by adding a recreational park along South Johnson Street, complete with a 50-kayak boat dock, vendor stations and a restaurant. His early attempts and access to the levee and river have left him frustrated with the city. City Administrator Jeff Rhodes was asked about the city’s position on the project at a Tuesday afternoon meeting. He emphasized that there is a lot to like about the project, and no one has voiced opposition. The overriding issue when it comes to projects along the river, Rhodes says, is that they are under the domain of the Army Corps of Engineers- and there are strict federal guidelines that must be adhered too during. Acting first and seeking permission after the fact, won’t work…


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