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Street Department Picks Up Leaves

By Staff | Nov 17, 2010

The New Martinsville Street Department has begun picking up leaves. Residents are asked them to put them in a pile, or in bags, at the edge of their property, but not in the street. The hose to pick up the leaves can reach five to 10 feet from the edge of the street.

The department has the 340-feet of pipe to replace the old sewer pipe under the upper half of Neubauer Drive, but Street Commissioner Gary Willey said he doesn’t know when that project will begin. The street department has finished painting the parking lines in the downtown area and are continuing to fill potholes throughout town.

Police Chief TIm Cecil said their new officer, Adam Skinner, recently had his first gun call. “He did a good, professional job,” noted Cecil, also saying Skinner has made a lot of arrests.

NMPD’s Detective Donnie Harris, Patrolman Tony Thomas, and Cecil went to Elm Grove for a Governor’s Highway Safety Program event.

They received six more computers, electronic scanners, handheld radar, window tint detector, DUI grant money, stop sign money, and red light money. Thomas attended a class and became a certified car seat specialist. Cecil said he was pleased the extra DUI patrol will be during the holidays and not during it usual time period in June.

Finally, Parks and Recreation Director Bev Gibb thanked all the volunteers with the soccer programs this fall. About 100 kids participated in the competitive league. “We couldn’t do it without the volunteers,” said Gibb.

The parks commission is looking at updating the department’s 10-year master plan. They have met with a landscape architect and an engineer that is going to give them some ideas and pricing for how to upgrade the city’s park.

Also, they have put surveys in the New Martinsville schools, grades five-eight and nine-12. Gibb said she hope to get the them back by Nov. 12 from the schools to start compiling the information.

Then the goal is to get it in the newspaper in the next couple months to get some adult responses.

She is also exploring some grants that could hopefully fund a dog park at Lewis Wetzel Park.

Gibb also has some goals for updating the Snyder Ballfields including getting some more bleachers (two are currently borrowed from Town & Country Days) and putting up some netting along first base line on the baseball field. “They’re losing a lot of baseballs over the field,” said Gibb. They will also be putting in some sidewalks to make the ballfield areas more accessible. She also wants to put a scoreboard up on the baseball/soccer field. The West VIrginia Department of Environmental Protection permit from the state has been approved so they can get the leech field put in to get the restrooms there working again.