Hancock County officials support park upgrade effort | News, Sports, Jobs

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Commission is providing support to an effort by the City of New Cumberland to update some of its recreational areas.

As part of their meeting Thursday afternoon, commissioners unanimously agreed to support a grant application “for the betterment of New Cumberland parks.”

According to the request from the city, New Cumberland has three parks in need of updating.

“Most of the equipment is from the 1970s. We have replaced swing sets and added some new items along the way.”

Plans call for a resurfacing of the tennis courts in the city’s main park and adding pickle ball lines to allow both sports to be played there. In addition, three benches will be replaced, and two adult swings will be added, as well as some other attractions.

The South Chester Street park, if the grant is approved, will have a new 12 feet by 12 feet pavilion installed, the replacement of one bench and the addition of one adult swing, while the North park will have one bench replaced.

“Musical flowers,” a type of playground sculpture capable of producing musical notes, will be installed in two of the parks.

While no comments were offered by commissioners during Thursday’s meeting, the letter of support notes the benefits of each planned renovation.

“We believe that this grant application aligns with the goals of promoting community health and wellness, providing access to safe and enjoyable recreational spaces, and fostering a sense of community among residents,” the letter states. “The benefits of this grant will be felt by the entire community and will contribute to the long-term sustainability of the parks system.”

In other business, Thursday, the commission:

Accepted the resignation of Love Wood as 4-H youth and development program assistant for the WVU Extension Office, effective May 30, and also agreed to advertise to fill the position;

Approved the resignation of Thomas L. Salvati from the Tomlinson Public Service District Board, effective June 30;

Approved a contract with Aster Oilfield Services Inc. to finalize the bid for the demolition of 504 Jefferson St., Newell;

Approved the reimbursement resolution for the Hancock County Public Service District;

Approved the Kroger West Virginia Statewide Opioid Settlement Agreement;

Approved an order that Hancock County Savings Bank FSB, United Bank, WesBanco Bank Inc., and all other banking institutions are depositories of public money.

Approved the hiring of Chasity Atkins as a deputy clerk in the Hancock County Circuit Clerk’s Office, effective June 1.

Set the commission’s next meeting for 9 a.m., June 5.

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