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November 20, 2012

Keyser to replace police cruiser totaled in crash

City officials also agree to transfer $20,000 playground equipment grant to West End Park

KEYSER, W.Va. — The Keyser Council approved the replacement of the Keyser Police Department’s Dodge Charger that was wrecked during pursuit of a motorcycle on U.S. Route 220 last month near the former Potomac Valley Hospital building during the council meeting  Wednesday. The new cruiser will be ordered by state bid through the Sheriff’s Association in Lewisburg, according to Mayor Randy Amtower.

“The (wrecked) vehicle was covered under insurance and it was the first new vehicle that was purchased in many years,” said Amtower in a previous interview with the Times-News.

The vehicle was a total loss, according to Amtower.

The council also approved the transfer of a $20,000 Let’s Play! construction grant provided by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group from the South End Park to the West End Park.

The Mineral County Board of Education agreed to offer the city a six-month lease for the South End Park for the installation of new playground equipment but the city declined the offer. Board members indicated they were hesitant about leasing the land because of uncertainty on how things were going to shift with the building of the new Keyser Primary School.

The community has been working diligently to meet the $10,000 match needed for the KaBOOM! grant. Gospel Life Baptist Church located on West Piedmont Street collected a special offering Sunday night and is holding an online fundraiser to help meet the match. The church is making it a Thanksgiving tradition to give to the community and thus far about $300 has been raised for the park, according to Pastor Jayson Byrd.

“We saw the need with the transferring of the grant from the South End Park to the West End Park,” said Byrd. “We saw a huge need there. There isn’t a lot for kids to do. We thought this would be a good way to help the community as well as our side of town.”  

About $7,000 is still needed to meet the match, according to Amtower.

Donations for the park can be made on the church website at www.gospellife.us/ park/.

The council also approved the following:

• The Christmas parade to be held Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. and to relocate the Christmas tree from Armstrong Street to Main Street.

• To close Main Street down following the parade so residents can visit Santa.

• An $80,000 budget revision of the general account.

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at eblaisdell@times-news.com.

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