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Parks and Rec Receives Donation

By Staff | Apr 13, 2016

Photo by Lauren Matthews Shown is Sandy Hunt of the Wetzel County Convention and Visitors Bureau, New Martinsville Recorder Bonnie Shannon, New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Director Bev Gibb, and First Ward Councilman Jeremy Shepherd, who also serves on the park committee.

At the Monday, April 4 meeting of New Martinsville City Council, New Martinsville Parks and Recreation received a $25,000 donation from the Wetzel County Convention and Visitors Bureau. This donation, presented by Sandy Hunt of the CVB, was presented to Bev Gibb, NM Parks and Recreation Director.

In other CVB-related matters, Hunt said the CVB would be organizing an Independence Day celebration, slated for July 2. Hunt said the celebration will include fireworks, along with kids’ events and live entertainment.

Hunt also said the CVB is currently interviewing for a curator and an office administrator for Wetzel County’s museum.

Also, Hunt said that new flags/banners for the downtown area were expected to be delivered soon and the CVB was also going to encourage the Main Street business owners to paint the large flower pots in front of their businesses.

Hunt explained that Mike Howell, of Mike’s Certified Auto, had recently designed his pot, including the name of the street.

Councilwoman Iris Isaacs thanked Hunt personally for taking the initiative with the painting project.

“The state is in a recession, but tourism is not in a recession,” Hunt noted. “We have tremendous strengths,” she added.

In another matter, Isaacs reported that the street department had been using the street sweeper to pick up cinders. Furthermore, the crosswalk lines were going to be repainted on Main Street.

The city council also agreed to renew its agreement with the Wetzel County Board of Education in regards to a Prevention Resource Officer. This agreement requires the city council to pay 20 percent of the cost. Fifth Ward Councilwoman Doris Fannin voted against the agreement, stating that the city is out scrambling to try to find the money to pay for the cost, “when the county had offered” to pay the total cost for the measure.

Fourth Ward Councilman Steve Pallisco remarked that he would never apologize for voting for something to protect the children.

In a related matter, Third Ward Councilman Jeff Wright thanked New Martinsville Police Department’s Patrolman Jason Utt for assisting the council with getting the appropriate information for the agreement.

Also, Wright remarked that he had hoped Building Inspector Joe Hanna had been at the meeting, as council was not doing justice to “talk every month” about property upkeep. Wright said council needed to look to see that ordinances were enforced and also that the correct taxes were being made. “We need to do anything we can do,” he said.