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CVB Seeks Support

By Staff | Aug 31, 2011

The Wetzel County Convention and Visitors Bureau cut a ribbon for the dedication of the Jim Fitzsimmons Center, a museum of local history.

On behalf of the Wetzel County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Sandy Hunt presented the Wetzel County Commission on Aug. 16 with an update on the renovations to the Wetzel County Historical Society’s museum located on Main Street, where the WCCVB also operates. She noted the front of the building and the office are complete and are now beginning work on a handicap-accessible restroom. Hunt stated the WCCVB hopes the entire first floor of the museum will be finished by the end of the first quarter in 2012.

Hunt also shared with the commission the CVB’s plans to purchase recyclable bags which will be filled with items from local businesses as part of a visitor’s packet tourists can receive.

She also appeared before the commission to make some requests pertaining to the CVB. The first regarded permission to put signage at the 4-H grounds and on the highway indicating canoe and kayak access.

Secondly, Hunt stated the WCCVB would like to place another full page ad in the Northern Panhandle section of the 2012 Official State Travel Guide, as they did last year.

Hunt has requested a donation from the commission to help fund this ad. The commission told Hunt they would take her requests into consideration.

The commission was, however, able to grant Hunt’s request for use of courthouse facilities for this year’s Chili-Fest slated for Oct. 29. Specifically, restrooms at the courthouse will be permitted for use on the day of the event and the CVB can use the courthouse for electric hookup. Additionally, the courthouse portico will be used to house entertainment. The WCCVB, in cooperation with the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce, is heading up the planning and execution of this year’s festival.

Also, the commission heard from Joe Smith of the New Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department. Smith appeared to invite the commission to a Sept. 11 ceremony and candlelight vigil in front of the City Building at 7 p.m. Smith stated many are planned to attend and participate, and that the commissioners are also welcome to participate any way they would like. “We’ve only started planning recently, but it’s coming together,” Smith said. “We think it will be a pretty nice ceremony.”

Also during Smith’s appointment, he invited the commission to an open house at the fire department set for Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. until noon. The commission appreciated the invitations to both events and will contact Smith to let them know their plans.

In another matter, the commission approved President Don Mason to sign all paperwork regarding Valley High School’s next cycle of the PRO grant. It was noted that Kristi Earley, a teacher at VHS, will handle the process of ensuring necessary reports are submitted to the county clerk’s office as part of her involvement in the Juvenile Crime Enforcement Committee at the school. This committee is a requirement of the grant and those named to the committee will review grant objectives monthly and submit progress and financial reports to the commission. All such correspondence will include the county commission to ensure they have all the documents needed to provide to the state later on.