VERNON - The Vernon Historical Society will be represented when Washington County's official geotrail kicks off in October after officially approving a commemorative coin to be used as a prize for adventurers. Members of the Vernon City Council heard the proposal, calling it a good idea to boost the local economy when they met in regular session Aug. 25.
Geocaching has often been called a modern-day treasure hunt, and the Washington County Tourist Development Council hopes enthusiasts and newcomers alike will discover local treasures with the new "Washington County Heritage Geocaching Trail," set to be unveiled this October.
There will be about 30 sites, known as "caches," and anyone completing 15 of those and will receive a set of four pathway coins that commemorate something significant to the county. In addition to the Vernon Historical Society, commissioned coins will also represent the Washington County Historical Society and the TDC.
To claim their coins, participants will download a grid sheet, which will be available on the official worldwide and state geocaching websites, as well as from the TDC. The "caches" will have codes, which the TDC will verify.
The TDC says the trail will bring a welcomed boost to the local economy.
"In order to win, players will have to go in several quadrants of the county," said Lopez. "They can't really do all that in one day, so they will stay in our hotels and shop in our stores. Hopefully, they will see other things we have to offer and come back to enjoy all aspects of our county."
Vernon Historical Society President Angia Morris, who presented the idea to Vernon City Council members, is working with Washington County Tourist Development Director Heather Lopez to designate "caches" in Vernon.
"We already have some geocaching sites here other people have established," said Lopez. "But we wanted a trail that would be history based, so we're only putting caches at historical sites throughout the county."
The trail will kick off October 11 at Falling Waters State Park with the "Caches, Critters, and Cars" festival, which will include vendors and activities, such as a classic car show.
Other action taken in the Aug. 25 meeting included:
- Scheduling a budget workshop for 7 p.m. Sept. 2.
- Requesting City Attorney Michelle Tagert draw up a property deed for the Sportsplex. The Harris family of Vernon previously owned the property on which an easement leading into the complex was granted. The family recently decided to donate the property to the city. City Clerk Keith Adkison stated the city is grateful for the family's generosity.
- Approved to pay an Animal Control Officer Certification Course in the amount of $585. Public Works Director Ronald Wood is slated to attend that training.
Voted to change Public Works Director Ronald Wood to a five day work week, working from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.