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Parks and Recreation given $15,000

March 26, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Morgan County Commission voted unanimously Thursday to give $15,000 to Morgan County Parks and Recreation for two maintenance projects.

Bruce Beadenkopf, acting director of parks and recreation, said the cost to replace the lights at the ball fields is about $10,000. He said Parks and Recreation is coordinating the lift rental with the Morgan County Board of Education and both organizations' field lights will be replaced at the same time. The $3,300 rental fee will be split.

The 112 bulbs will cost about $8,350 to replace and the bulbs last about seven years. The labor will be done by Parks and Recreation, Beadenkopf said.

It will cost about $5,000 to clean out the ditch near the girls' ball field to improve drainage on the fields, Beadenkopf said.

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Commissioner Thomas R. Swaim said a new swale needs to be cut and trees removed to move rain water away from the fields.

Beadenkopf said with increased funds from the Board of Education, after this year, Parks and Recreation should have the money to take care of future expenses such as replacing the lights.

Beadenkopf said he was not asking for funds for the fencing that is needed, which is estimated at $28,000, and said Parks and Recreation will raise funds for that.

Swaim said he wanted to help Parks and Recreation, but "are we going to increase the hotel/motel tax?" he asked.

Commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson said the hotel/motel tax does not only go to parks and recreation.

"It goes to all those in need," she said.

"I'm sorry it was Parks and Recreation that came in and asked (for an increase in the tax)," Hutchinson said. "They caught a lot of grief and did not deserve it."

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