Keyser Council talks youth baseball, honors K-9

Tattle, a K-9 with the Keyser Police Department, was honored at Wednesday’s city council meeting as she retires from active service with the department. She will continue to be a furry ambassador for the agency.

KEYSER, W.Va. — Wednesday evening’s meeting of the Keyser City Council wrapped up some loose ends from the previous session and implemented a few changes around town.

The council began with discussion of equitable use of Mill Meadow baseball field. The city’s two youth baseball organizations — Keyser Little League and Keyser Youth Baseball Inc. — currently play at two different fields in the county, Mill Meadow and West End. In recent years, Keyser Youth Baseball has used the West End facilities, while Little League uses Mill Meadow. The latter field has lights that allow for games to be played into the night.

Mayor Damon Tillman said that in negotiations on use of the field, he felt it was best for the council to “stay out of it” and allow the two leagues to come to a mutual agreement, perhaps one that would involve rotating use of the Mill Meadow field.

Councilwoman Jennifer Junkins agreed that both should be able to use the field, but recalled that when they attempted a similar arrangement a few years earlier it was “a disaster,” one that resulted in a high volume of calls to the city offices.

“I think if they could do that, it would be great, but … they might need to bring the schedule here and do a mutual agreement, and that’s it,” Junkins said.

Tillman ultimately asked that the two organizations come together to devise a plan for the field’s joint use to be presented to the council at a future meeting. Junkins introduced a motion for the same, seconded by councilman Eric Murphy. Councilman William Zacot — who was indicted last year for embezzling from the Keyser Youth Baseball League and pleaded no contest to the same last month in Mineral County Circuit Court — abstained from the discussion and vote.

The council also:

• Approved the city’s attorney sending a letter to Kevin Manovich, owner of Cumberland-based NexGen Broadband, notifying him that he needs to vacate city property within 30 days. The company, City Administrator Amanda Brafford said, “has not held up their end of the bargain” when it came to providing the city with internet access.

• Approved making Spring and Orchard streets one-way thoroughfares, effective March 1.

• Honored Tattle, a K-9 with the Keyser Police Department, for her retirement from active duty by presenting her and her handler, Officer Douglas Rumer, with a certificate recognizing her service. Tattle will continue on as a four-legged ambassador for the department at city functions.

• Approved the purchase of uniform shirts for City Hall staff.Approved the adoption of a resolution designating Keyser as a Second Amendment sanctuary city.

• Heard from Brafford about the new time card system soon to be implemented for use by the city police force.

Follow staff writer Lindsay Renner-Wood on Twitter @LindsayRenWood.

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