Benjamin Lamb, owner-operator of Camp Climb Adventure Lagoon on 431 South, is being arraigned Wednesday, Sept. 5 in Logan District Court. One of the charges includes violating a local ordinance requiring a permit for places of entertainment.

Lamb was arrested Aug. 14 for not having the proper permits to operate a business within Logan County as well as failure to meet requirements of the county's net profit tax ordinance which resulted in Lamb's business license being suspended. As part of his bond, he was required to close his park until all criminal proceedings against him were processed through the proper legal channels.

Lamb believes he is being targeted by some of the county officials, however, a portion of his park was closed down last year by the Barren River Health Department for non-compliance in several areas concerning swimming, camping, and waste disposal. According to Rob Dixon of the Logan County Health Department, Lamb has still not applied for the necessary permits required to have patrons using his facilities.

Lamb told the NDL he was going to be switching everything having to do with the park over into his wife's name and that she would comply with everything that is required.

On Aug. 21, Lamb posted on Facebook that his park would be closed until spring.

"We have decided to go ahead and keep Camp Climb closed until next spring, in the meantime we will be building a bathhouse and getting everything up to code. We're sorry for any inconvenience. We will keep you posted as progress moves forward, thank you for your support," posted Lamb.

According to Lamb, he decided soon after being closed last year to stop operating as a business and only accept donations for entry. He told the NDL he had sought advice from an attorney who advised him if he did it that way he would no longer have to apply for permits.

"I listed the place with a realtor today for investors or a buyout. It's going to cost $150,000 to get it the way they want me to. It's gonna be difficult to pull it off. But I'll make what sacrifices are necessary. It would be easier if I found an investor to help me," said Lamb, who claims he has switched the business into his wife's name. "My wife is a Marine veteran with a 100 percent clean record."

Lamb says he is working on getting all of the approval needed from Frankfort that is required and by spring will hopefully be the way the state and county want it to be.

"If I can get them to tell me how they want it I'll go from here and do everything in my power. They like to tell me as little as possible and then come and shut me down," Lamb said.