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Pine Grove Revisits Earley Park Proposal

By Staff | Mar 16, 2011

At the Pine Grove Town Council meeting held Monday Valley High School Head Baseball Coach Jimmy West returned to continue discussion with the council regarding his proposal for the addition of a baseball field to Earley Park located at the Byrd Center. At Monday night’s meeting West stated at this point the proposal needed to be approved by the West Virginia Development Authority. Mayor Dave Barr stated he would call the appropriate persons to find out what West and the council need to provide specifically to seek approval for the project.

As outlined in the Feb. 14 town council meeting, the proposal calls for many adjustments to the present layout of the park, such as moving the tennis and basketball courts and some of the park play areas. However, everything would coexist and create an even better park. West hopes the project could be started in May and be completed in time for next season.

In another matter it was learned the Shortline Lions Club would like to pick up trash all across Pine Grove as a service project. The club approached the council requesting permission to leave the bagged trash along the roadsides for the town to pick up. Council approved the request, agreeing to defer any costs for picking up the trash bags. They also expressed how appreciative they were of the Lions Club’s efforts.

Relatedly, the council approved several other items during their meeting. Council approved the contract for Watson Water Services out of Middlebourne to continue to provide the water service for the Town of Pine Grove.

They also agreed to the purchase of a second large storage cabinet for the Recorder’s Office.

Additionally, upon a request by the sewer and water boards, the council approved to freeze sewage and water rates for another year. Paperwork regarding the rate schedules will be started soon.

Lastly, a a 1995 white four-wheel-drive pickup truck owned by the town was deemed no longer useful for the town. As such, the council approved to sell the truck. In the near future the town will advertise the taking of bids for the vehicle, which is said to be in good condition.

In other matters, Mayor Barr shared with the council that he and Doug Brake, mechanical engineer for Swiss Valley Associates, Inc., recently went to roughly 15 houses in town to get easements for the sewage system. Mayor Barr extended his thanks to the community for their cooperation during that process.

Also regarding the sewer system improvements project, Mayor Barr noted the project will go out for bid in April or May and that digging should begin in July.

Lastly, it was also learned during the meeting that the town’s franchise agreement with the cable company, Zito Media, has run out. A draft for a new agreement was presented and will be available for public viewing in the Recorder’s Office until the next council meeting. During the next council meeting scheduled for April 11, 7 p.m., a representative from Zito Media will be available to address any questions or concerns from the public.