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Reopening Recreation Facilities, Preparing for Election

This past Tuesday morning I batted three-for-three. No, it wasn’t what you might think, as baseball fields in Marshall County are closed, but hopefully not for long.

My three-for-three was speaking with three individuals who are in charge of county facilities which have been closed because of COVID-19.

These three people are John White, the city of Moundsville’s park and recreation director; Craig White, general manager of Grand Vue Park;and Tom Stiles, manager of the Economic Development Council (the former West Virginia Penitentiary).

I had hardly started my conversation with White when a vehicle pulled up in front of Four Seasons Pool, with the driver, Cliff Fogle, inquiring when the pool would be reopening. He was elated that the Pool will open on June 1, and he informed White that he would call several people, including a couple from Ohio, with the good news.

The dates and hours of the pool are as follows:

The pool will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with seniors utilizing the facility from 8 a.m. until noon.

The Saturday time frame for the pool will be noon until 5 p.m.

There will be a limit of 25 people who can be in the pool area at any one time.

Several guidelines have been posted and these are not optional and must be adhered to for continued operation of the facility.

Among these are signing in and screening when entering the pool, the asking of two health-related questions, and no gathering in the lobby area. Patrons are strongly encouraged to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves, etc.

My talk with White also involved the city of Moundsville playgrounds, of which there are four: East End, Park View, Riverfront and Garfield/Ruby, all of which will be open on Monday, with the hours being 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. The playgrounds will have a limit of 25 persons at one time.

A member of the recreation staff will be on duty each day from 4-8 p.m. to monitor the playgrounds to make sure the number is 25 or less.

At Grand Vue, two of the major attractions are the Zip Line and Aerial Adventure Park. Both of them will open on June 6. These two attractions were open during Memorial Day Weekend, but were not open this weekend, to permit further training of guides. The majority of the other attractions will open on June 1 with one of the exceptions being the swimming pool.

In case you might have forgotten, the Zip Line Adventures include:

Wonderful Zip Line, a two- hour adventure for beginners, nature lovers and view seekers.

Wild Zip Line, which takes individuals through the trees for two hours with speeds up to 30 miles per hour.

Wild and Wonderful Adventure is an eight-hour undertaking involving the park’s biggest and fastest line.

Those choosing Aerial Adventure Park can sign up for one to six events. They are: Mega Jump, Ropes Course, Rappel Wall, Giant Swing, Rock Wall and Trampoline.

As to tours at the former WVP, they will begin Monday.

Day tours will offered at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

The day tours will be limited to 25 individuals and thus to be guaranteed to be on a particular time period, people should call to reserve that slot. Also up and running is the Escape Room.

Rentals of the large room at the Training Center are now being accepted.

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The Cockayne Farmstead in Glen Dale will reopen to visitors on Monday.

For the next few weeks the Farmstead’s hours will be 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, during which walk-ins will be welcome.

Farmstead officials have implemented several new procedures for the safety of guests, including wearing masks, social distancing and observing enhanced health protocols to help keep guests and volunteers safe.

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The Moundsville City Building will be reopening to the public on Monday, while all other city facilities will remain closed.

City Manager Rick Healy said, “Continued safety and health of our employees and residents are of the utmost concern of the city, so please abide by guidelines.”

Healy also expressed thanks the public for willingness to adapt during the COVID-19 closure. The city manager said guidelines will be posted on Monday.

Those paying bills at the building are asked to continue to use the drop boxes. There is a drop box at rear of the building, and another between the two doors at the front of the building.

Among some of the new rules will be that the only entrance and exit will be in the rear of the building.

All visitors to accomplish other than routine bill paying are to make appointments with the staff members they need to see.

Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves, etc., to the greatest extent possible.

City Council and other board and commission meetings will also resume this coming week, and although the meetings will be open to the public, there will be strict social distancing guidelines in place in council chambers. There will be a maximum of 25 people permitted into any meeting, including committee members. Available seating will allow for approximately 10 visitors to any meeting at one time.

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There are several contested races on the local election ballot to be voted on June 9. Among these are:

Nonpartisan election of Marshall County Board of Education members. There are two seats to be filled, one from District 1 and one from District 3. The five candidates are from these two precincts. They are:

District 1 — Timothy F. Reilly, Lori E. Kestner and Jack Cain.

District 3 — Adam Truex and John W. Miller.

The two winners will assume their duties on July 1.

In another nonpartisan contest, Zackary B. Allman and Don DeWitt are seeking the office of Magistrate in Division 3.

In the other two magistrate posts, Division 1 and 2, Mark Kerwood and Thomas P. Wood, are running unopposed.

On the Democrat ticket there are two contested races, these being sheriff and assessor.

The sheriff candidates are Ed Trojan Coster and William Helms, while seeking the assessor nomination are Terry D. McDiffitt and Eric B. Buzzard.

Others on the county Democrat ballot are Scott G. Varner, who is unopposed for county commissioner and Joe Canestraro, who is running unopposed for county proscecuting attorney.

There are no Republican candidates for county commission, prosecuting attorney, sheriff or assessor.

There are also two nonpartisan positions for which there are no contests. These are for conservation district supervisor, for which David McCardle is on the ballot, and surveyor, with James Matthew Ruckman being the lone candidate.

The cities of Benwood, Cameron and Glen Dale will be electing mayors and council members and in the case of Glen Dale, also a recorder.

In Benwood the mayor candidates are Walter Yates and Chuck Terry. None of the four council seats are being contested. The council candidates are Steven Ankron, ward 1; John Kazemka, ward 2; Lori Longwell, ward 3; Robert Givens, fourth ward.

The Cameron mayor candidates are Betty Scott and Greg Galentine. None of the three council seats have opposition. They are: Terry Galentine, first ward; Sarah L. Burge, second ward; and John Winters, third ward.

In Glen Dale, David W. Blazer is running for mayor unopposed and Gerald Trembush is unopposed for recorder. There are three seats for council, with three running unopposed. They are Eric Cunningham, John H. Zinn, and Larry English. The winners in the three municipalities will assume their duties on July 1.

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The Marshall County Health Department will be opening programs and clinics beginning Monday, June 1.

The following restrictions will be in place for anyone accessing services at the Health Department.

All clinics will require an appointment. Upon arrival for an appointment the person is to remain in his or her vehicle and call 304-845-7840, extension 101 to let the health department staff know the person is there for an appointment. The staff person will call back to let the person know to come to the front door.

All people coming to the Health Department must provide their own face covering, which is to be worn by anyone 6 months of age and older.

All persons entering will be screened prior to entry and should the person have symptoms of illness he or she will be rescheduled.

A maximum of four people will be allowed to enter the Health department at any given time, while anyone waiting outside needs to maintain a 6- foot social distance.

Anyone under an isolation or quarantine order will not be allowed to enter the building.

The clinics are:

Immunization–On Mondays from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., and from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. This will be for all regular childhood and back-to-school immunization.

PPD (TB) Skin Testing–On Mondays from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., and from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Pregnancy Testing–Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m.

STD & HIV Testing — Confidential testing by appointment only.

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The Moundsville Lions Club will resume their weekly meetings this coming Tuesday at the Guest House Restaurant on South Lafayette Avenue at noon.

The club has not met since March 10.

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