Jefferson County briefs

August 05, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

Pool discussion on hold

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Commission members on Thursday discussed constructing a swimming pool at Sam Michaels Park but decided to hold off any more discussion on the issue until next week.

Commission member Dale Manuel suggested the matter be held over until next week because no exact cost estimates have been developed for the project.

There is a lack of swimming facilities in the county and county residents who responded to a recent survey about parks and recreation facilities in Jefferson County said another swimming pool was a priority for them, county officials said.

County officials are considering construction of an indoor pool at Sam Michaels Park, off Job Corps Road north of Charles Town, and asking county voters if they would support an excess property tax levy to pay for it.


Soap box racer to be honored

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Commission members agreed Thursday to draft a resolution to honor a Kearneysville, W.Va., youth who recently won a world championship at the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio.

There also was discussion about whether the county could put Garrett Kysar's car on display.

Commission members agreed to write the resolution and present it to the boy later.

Garrett won four rounds of racing at the annual event July 22 and won the title in the masters division of the event.

The Shepherdstown Middle School student, who will attend the county's Ninth Grade Center in the fall, also won an award for having the fastest run of 28.46 seconds in one of the races.

Money allocated for fire service

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Commission members agreed Thursday to dedicate $34,643 for a new fire department being organized in the Bakerton, W.Va. area.

Michael Pond, who is heading up the effort, said the work to create the new fire department started following a number of serious blazes in the Bakerton area.

Pond said he has about 20 people who want to start the fire department and the group has equipment, including a 9,000 gallon tanker truck.

Two local fire officials who were at a commission meeting Thursday where the project was being discussed said there is support for the new fire department and said it can help other volunteer fire departments in the county fight fires.

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