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County supports construction of ‘pump’ bike track

ELKINS — The Randolph County Commission made official their support of the construction of a new bike track during a special meeting at the James F. Cain Courthouse Annex.

On the agenda during the special meeting was the unanimous approval to support the construction of a “pump” bike track for the Highlands Composite Mountain Bike Team.

The proposed track will be located just past Gateway Apartments heading out on the old Parsons Road. It will be in the clearing next to the pedestrian bridge on the side of the hill.

“They (Highlands) are looking to apply for a matching grant to be able to put a pump track over on the property right across from the pedestrian bridge,” Commissioner Mark Scott said. “So they wanted a letter of support for a grant for $10,000, so we approved the letter of support for them.”

At last Thursday’s regular meeting, the commission approved a subgrant agreement for CARES Act funding, which was unanimously approved to be transferred to the Randolph County Ambulance Authority during Monday’s special meeting.

“The approval was for the EMS to be able to use that money for everything that was associated with COVID from last year,” Scott said. “This is from last year’s funds, though, and not this year’s. It was a little over $1.7 million that they will get, but it’s not a part of the funds that we will receive this year.”

Also approved at last Thursday’s regular meeting:

• The commission approved the hiring of a new deputy, Zachary Yeager, to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department.

Yeager will start on April 12 and will do ride-alongs with the sheriff and other deputies until his departure for the state Police Academy.

“We’re excited for him and looking forward to getting him on the road and getting him started,” Randolph County Sheriff Rob Elbon said. “We’re happy to have him join our department.”

• The commission approved five paper towel dispensers to be donated to Elkins Little League Baseball.

• The extension of a contract renewal with Software Systems Inc. was approved. The renewal is for the next three years.

• The signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Randolph County Humane Society was approved.

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