Pennsboro, W.Va. – Mayor Robert Riggs asked Pennsboro Council to approve purchasing two pallets of rubber mulch for Myles Stadium in the amount of $1,538 when the group met Monday, July 18.
The old mulch needs removed because of a drainage issue.
Councilman Jeff Adams, who owns a local restaurant, The Pizza Box, is interested in renting the concession stand to sell food and refreshments during ball games. He has already ordered the equipment to operate it.
Riggs said the city continues to work on a $70,000 grant for stadium updates and expects a response by the end of August.
Jackson Trucking has donated gravel for the stadium.
Roger Hager, C.E.C., told Council that the liquid smoke for the upcoming tests was ordered, and his firm would give two weeks’ notice before starting.
He and Mayor Riggs also discussed a water leak at the corner of Grey and Raymond streets.
Riggs reported that Phase I of the waterline project is 77 percent complete. The areas around Jenkins Auto Parts and Barnes Trucking are the only places not tied into the new lines.
He also said water meters and setters are hard to come by and the waiting period is currently six months. The city has 15 extra water meters and setters.
He suggested ordering additional ones before running out.
Riggs predicted the water loss would go down by October and residents would notice an improvement in pressure.
The mayor also informed Council that there is enough funding to replace water tanks in Phase II of the project. A few months ago, he said the Town of West Union was interested in purchasing water from the city.
According to Riggs, the State is currently reviewing this matter. He predicted at least the regional jail will purchase water from the City of Pennsboro.
The City is planning to tear down the old marble factory, which has not been in operation since the 1990s. Mayor Riggs said, “It is an eyesore and needs to be removed.”
Pennsboro received two bids, but has not approved them. Riggs prefers to find a buyer for the marbles, or suggested using them inside a retaining wall at Myles Stadium.
Attorney Jessica Myers was asked to work on a title opinion and draft a quitclaim deed.
Council’s two newest members began serving in office at this meeting – Jeff Adams and William Mahaney.
Each member was also appointed to individual departments.
Andrea Jackson will be responsible for streets, Kenna Davis, recreation; Jeff Adams, water; and William Mahaney, sewer and wastewater.
It was also the first Council meeting for Tyler White, as new Pennsboro Volunteer Fire Department Chief.
In other matters, Council did the following:
•Approved Drawdown #12, consisting of invoices from Tribute Contracting, $256,375.85; Thrasher Engineering, $25,045; and MOVRC, $923.01.
•Hired a temporary employee to weed eat in the city.
•Approved June minutes and paid bills as presented.
•The Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council director retired and Luke Peters is the interim director. The mayor invited all Council members to attend a MOVRC meeting, held every third Wednesday of the month, 6 p.m., in Parkersburg.
•The Mid-Ohio Valley mayors’ dinner will be held at the Pennsboro Women’s Club.
•Council discussed the amusement tax at the last meeting, but a decision has not been reached. Councilmembers Kenna Davis and Jeff Adams agreed that small businesses should be exempt. Riggs agreed and said the first reading on the new ordinance would be next month.
The next Pennsboro Council meeting is Monday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m.