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Pool project should start next spring

ELKINS — The Randolph County Commission has provided an update on the county’s pool/splash pad project.

In August, the commission voted unanimously to approve the proposed design presented by engineering and planning firm E.L. Robinson.

At the most recent commission meeting, Commission President David Kesling said the current phase of the project is almost complete and that construction on the project, which will involve renovating the existing pool at the Elks Country Club, should begin sometime this spring.

“We reached out to E.L. Robinson and they are in the final development phase of the project,” Kesling said. “They are going to present to us at one of our December meetings what they have in their final drawing phase. Once we approve that, then it can go out to the bidding process. We are then looking to get that out in late winter, which will allow us to start with construction in the spring of 2022.”

The original concept of the project was to create the pool and splash pad together. The commission later decided to divide the project into two phases, with the first being the rehabilitation of the existing pool at the Elks. Phase 2 will be creating a splash pad that will include a wilderness theme.

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The commission agreed unanimously at the meeting to help fund the Tygarts Valley High School/Middle School baseball teams in their effort to build a new press box at the school’s baseball field.

“I’m here for both the middle school and the high school baseball teams,” Tygarts Valley Middle School baseball coach Josh Teter said during the meeting. “If you’ve ever been to one of our home baseball games or passed by the facility, you may have noticed that there is one thing missing — a press box.”

Teter said not having a press box has forced the teams’ statisticians and scoreboard workers to sit in a chair alongside the field, and that the concession stand consists of a table being set up elsewhere.

“With the creation of middle school baseball two years ago, it adds a little more focus to our area,” he said. “I feel that we can definitely start having some tournaments at our facility and having a press box would definitely be a very good thing.”

Teter said the construction work will be done by Teter himself, other coaches and volunteers from throughout the community. He said the goal was to build a 10×20 stick build press box to be covered in red metal. The press box will contain a storage area and a concession stand.

He said the estimate for materials to build the structure is $20,000 and that the baseball programs have raised $4,000 so far.

“We’ve been doing some fundraising and the way things are going right now, businesses aren’t able to do what they usually do financially,” Teter said. “So we’re asking for a little financial help.”

The commission agreed to provide the Tygarts Valley baseball programs with $5,000 toward the construction of the new press box. The money will be taken from the hotel-motel tax fund.

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