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City Awards Dock Bid

By Staff | Mar 4, 2015

Monday evening the New Martinsville City Council awarded the bid for the installation of the boat docks at the new riverfront park near the Ohio Street Fire Station to Ohio-West Virginia Excavating.

The bid was for $79,000-$74,000 for the pilings and an additional $5,000 for more piling for extra security. The measure was approved unanimously.

The expenditure, said New Martinsville Parks Director Bev Gibb, is covered by a grant and additional money that Riverfront Development was able to secure. The installation will be finished by June 1.

However, it does not include railing and riprap, which Gibb said will be needed.

In another parks matter, Gibb noted that Monday is Assistant Parks Director Jodi Weckbacher’s last day.

“She’s done a good job for us for the last nine years,” said Gibb, adding she is leaving to be a stay-at-home mother.

Applications are being taken through Friday. That is also the day they will be holding a reception for Weckbacher. All day they will offer refreshments at the city building.

Gibb also noted that the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Bruce Park is approaching. It will be held April 4 at 11 a.m.

“This is the five-second one, right?” joked Councilwoman Doris Fannin.

Even though the event includes 3,000 eggs filled with candy and parks gift certificates, they are all snatched up by the children in record time every year.

Gibb said anyone who wants to volunteer to help with the event is welcome. They can always use extra hands.

Finally, she said the New Martinsville Park Commission has decided to hire Hayes Landscape Architects to take a look at the parks and offer ideas for improvements at Lewis Wetzel and Bruce parks.

“It was really inspiring, the ideas they have,” said Gibb.