Changes Slated For Memorial Park Pool

Barnesville Village Council recently voted to add a drop-slide to the extensive rehabilitation of the pool at Memorial Park.

Councilman Les Tickhill said the slide would add an additional $30,264 to the project and that it would replace the high dive at the pool, noting that extensive work would be required to the deep end of the pool to keep the high dive in place compared to what would be required for the pool to accommodate the slide.

Mayor Dale Bunting added, “The slide would be a great asset to the whole pool complex.”

Village Administrator Roger Deal said the slide would be something “new and exciting” to help draw more people to the pool and that there had been concerns for years with the liability potential the high dive posed.

Council voted in favor of spending the money to add the slide.

Bunting congratulated Barnesville residents Donna and Todd Skinner for being named Worldwide Great Pumpkin Growers of the Year for 2017.

He added, “That’s a pretty big honor for our community and a pretty big honor for them. I want to thank them for doing everything they did to put us on the map again.”

Deal also said the committee had drafted a letter that had been signed by Bunting as well as Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce President John Rataiczak requesting a meeting with Gatehouse to discuss its intentions with what has been an important community institution since 1866.

Deal announced that Ohio 800, which runs through the village as Chestnut Street, was scheduled for paving in 2019 and that Columbia Gas had been notified so that any looming projects along that route could be completed prior to the paving and that village officials should be similarly conscious.

In other business, council approved paying bills in the amount of $399,897.99, which included a $260,411.51 pay-off of a loan from WesBanco and passed an ordinance establishing a Record Retention Policy for the village.

They also approved adding four shifts to the fire department/EMS staff schedule and approved the hiring of Logan Haves to the police department on a six-month probationary period.

Council also approved a building permit for Kathleen Lucas to demolish a garage at 203 E. South St.

Council meets again at 7 p.m. today in the municipal building.