The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

January 15, 2014

Council puts disc golf on hold

BY JOHN H. WALKER
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER

TARBORO — Tarboro’s disc golf effort may need a mulligan — golf’s term for a do-over.

The effort to locate an 18-hole course at Indian Lake Park, which was approved pending funding at the Tarboro Town Council’s August meeting, was placed into a holding pattern Monday night.

The action came after resident Ben Brinson of 305 Kensington Dr., utilized the citizen comment period to address concerns about a person or persons with machetes clearing out underbrush and cutting trees along the hiking trail in the park.

Brinson told council members that underbrush had been cleared and at least two trees — a huckleberry (which, he said, takes 20 years to reach the size of the one cut) and a dogwood — were both hacked down.

It was also mentioned in the discussion that a portion of the swampy area on the property had been cleared. State and federal laws affect use of property classified as a wetland. According to North Carolina State University, failure of landowners to protect wetlands can lead to legal penalties, loss of federal benefits, or both.

According to Brinson, when the property was donated to the town, there was mention by the donors that it was to remain in its native state.

“I don’t think you can combine nature trails and disc golf.” Brinson said.

 

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