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December 16, 2012

Keyser upgrading West End park

Grant to cover almost half of $42,000 playground equipment project

KEYSER, W.Va. — The Keyser city council voted to order playground equipment for the West End park during its meeting last week.

The cost of the equipment is $40,285, the cost of freight is $2,377 and the amount of a KaBOOM! grant from the Dr Pepper Snapple Group is $20,000, with the company offering the city a $12,662 discount. The city will have to come up with a balance of $10,000, according to Councilman Sonny Alt.

“If we order this by the end of the year we can get some additional discounts,” said Mayor Randy Amtower.

The city will receive an additional free swing set, according to Shannon Marsh, city administrator. The artist rendering provided by Miracle Recreation Equipment Company shows a play structure with multiple slides, two spring riders and a separate swing set.

Citizens groups have been working to come up with the $10,000 match needed to meet the KaBOOM! grant and have raised about $2,684, according to Amtower. Additional money needed for the equipment would come from the city’s capital outlay budget.

 “We have the funds to go ahead with what has been raised and what we have in our capital outlay budget to place the order and cover the balance,” said Amtower.

The city is also set to receive a $5,000 grant from US Wind Force Foundation Inc., according to Alt.

The transfer of the grant from the South End Park to the West End Park was approved during a council meeting in November.

Also during the meeting, Jordan Smith, owner of Tater Tot Day Care on Spring Street, approached the council about parking issues. Smith said she had received complaints from parents who got parking tickets while they were picking up their children from the day care. The council voted in the interim of developing a parking policy to issue Smith an extra visitors’ parking pass at no cost.

Councilman Clinton Faulk suggested developing a parking policy across the board.  

“I don’t want to open a can of worms but that is what you get into in a city with no zoning laws. From your perspective, it only affects you. From our perspective, it could potentially involve every business in the city,” said Amtower to Smith. “So, we have to make sure that we don’t set a precedent that is going to get us into a problem down the road.”

Councilman Terry Liller suggested that a visitors’ pass be made specifically for Spring Street only. Marsh suggested that the pass should be limited to 15 minutes.

In October, the council denied the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce’s request for a free visitors’ parking pass. The chamber is located on Main Street, where there are parking meters.

The council also took action to:

• Provide training and testing for Allison Ebert, tax clerk, to become a certified flood plain manager.  

• Hire a new officer at the Keyser Police Department to replace Officer Jeremy Taylor, newly elected sheriff.

• Give approval to a  budget revision.

• Give approval for a mobile home permit for William Moreland.

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

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