Commissioners approve bid for new park addition

NEW CUMBERLAND– During Monday’s Hancock County Commission Meeting, the board approved a bid with Harry W. Trushel Construction to construct a new bath house at Tomlinson Run State Park. The bid is for $339,000. The board also approved a memorandum of understanding with the State of West Virginia Department of Commerce, Division of Natural Resources to assist in funding the project.

“There’s been a lot of desire over the last few years to build new facilities, and we’ve been partners with Tomlinson Run State Park for a number of years, on various projects,” said Commissioner Jeff Davis. “We’re happy to get moving with this. This memorandum of understanding is just to verify the fact that the state is going to put up the additional $139,000.”

In the memorandum of understanding the Department of Natural Resources will provide $140,000 in the form of a grant for the construction of the bath house. Commissioners expected to spend no more than $200,000 for the project, and planned to use funding from the Hotel-Motel Tax for the bath house project, but the lowest bid was $339,000, leaving the county short $139,000 for the project. The state agreed to help fund the project providing the remaining cost.

The contract will be discussed at the next meeting scheduled for June 27. Once approved, construction has 30 days to begin. The bath house will be located where the 4-H Camp is in Tomlinson Run State Park. Construction is predicted to begin after July 22, to prevent interference with this summer’s 4-H Camp held from July 16-20.

“I’m very excited to hear that the bid has been approved for the bath house,” said Carole Scheerbaum, Energy Express County Program Coordinator Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development.

The bath house will have a men’s and women’s side. Each side will have five restroom units, four regular units and one handicap, as well as four showers and wash basins

“We’re blessed to get that because we never thought that [the bath house] was going to happen,” said Commissioner Joe Barnabei.

Commissioner Davis gave special thanks to Delegate Randy Swartzmiller for his help and involvement with planning and receiving funding for the bath house project.

In other actions:

–The commissioners Approved revisions to the 2018/2019 fiscal year General County Budget.

–Appointed Jeffery Oyster to the BHJMPC’s Technical Advisory Committee and as a Community-at-Large Representative.

–Reappointed Jeffery Wargo and Nancy Kowalski to the Hancock County Parks and Recreation Board effective July 1, 2019.

–Reappointed Lora Nicole Glass to the Hancock County Health Board, effective July 1, 2019.

–Approved to advertise a public notice for the proposed consolidation of Precinct #17 and #18. Both precincts vote at Maryland Heights Community Church located at 3900 Brightway, Weirton. The voting location will remain the same after the consolidation.

–Promoted Sandra Castro from deputy clerk to chief deputy clerk effective June 1, 2019.

–Approved Pamela Martin’s retirement from full-time dispatcher and rehire as a part-time dispatcher. Also approved Martin to retain her accrued vacation days.