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Commission applies for $500K grant

ELKINS — Each January the Randolph County Commission appoints one of its three sitting commissioners to the role of president. During Thursday’s regular meeting at the James Cain Courthouse Annex, Commissioners David Kesling and Chris See unanimously voted for Mark Scott to be commission president for 2021.

Kesling served as commission president for 2020.

This is the second time in the past three years that Scott has served as president of the county commission.

“I’m really looking forward to filling the role as president again,” said Scott. “We really accomplished a lot with David (Kesling) last year and I think we’re moving in the right direction. I’m anxious to see what all we can do this year.”

The commission has taken another big step toward the construction of the new county pool/splash pad project at the Elks Country Club, as it applied for a U.S. Waters Grant to help with the funding of the project.

“We decided to apply for the $500,000 matching grant, which means the total cost of the project would be a million dollars,” said Scott. “Because it’s a matching grant, we have to come up with the other $500,000. We will be able to use some of the county’s coal severance and coal reallocation funds for that, and there haveve been some people in the community that have expressed interest in doing fundraising.”

Back in November, the commission awarded the pool/splash pad project bid to El Robinson Engineering out of Charleston. The company has been in business the past 40 years and was chosen ahead of Thrasher Engineering.

Scott said that the commission recently entered into the contract with El Robinson to provide the engineering and design for the pool/splash pad. The cost of that design work will be $119,400. He is also hopeful that construction on the project will begin sometime this summer.

“It’s going to be a very nice project and the ball is now rolling with some of the preliminary work being done by the engineers,” said Scott. “If we can get the money in we’d love to break ground and get that project started.”

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