POINT PLEASANT — This week, Point Pleasant City Council took an important step in turning a proposed water spray park into a reality at Krodel Park.
At Tuesday’s regular meeting, council voted to allocate its first expense on the project in the amount of $3,681 to create an official design of the park which contractors can move forward with in the future. This is the first phase of getting the park built, with council now looking at an estimated cost of $68,260 for the spray park pad only.
It was decided that constructing the spray park in phases would be more fiscally viable, just as volunteers have done in updating the playground at Krodel Park. Basically, the city will construct what it can afford, as it can afford it, with plenty of fundraisers planned to help boost the project to fruition sooner rather than later. Recreation Committee members and councilwomen Janet Hartley and Leigh Ann Shepard led the discussion on the project.
Speaking of the Krodel playground, Mayor Brian Billings recommended council allocate $3,500 to the playground project, with council voting to do so. The $3,500 was raised by charging visitors to park at Krodel Park during the Mothman Festival, with volunteers parking 800 cars at $5 each. Shepard, who has been with the playground project from the beginning, thanked fellow council members for the donation and said there is one last playground piece to complete the project with an estimated cost of $23,600. The $3,500 will assist the playground committee with pursuing grants that require matching funds. Commemorative, customized fence pickets are also still available for $50 each as a fundraiser for the project.
Recreation was a recurring topic at Tuesday’s meeting with Councilman Gabe Roush reporting the bike racks/stations have arrived. Roush and Street Commissioner Randy Hall will be visiting downtown businesses to make sure they are in agreement with the location of the racks. Roush said these will “make a more bike-able downtown.” The Point Pleasant Bike Trail Committee, of which Roush is a founding member, spearheaded the bike rack project which was made possible through donations.
Council is accepting applications for a new park manager at Krodel with applications being taken Oct. 12 – Oct. 19.
Councilwoman Jerrie Howard spoke about improving some of the aesthetics of the city, including large planters for Viand Street, similar to those on Main Street, with an initial focus on Viand Street between Third and Sixth streets, to start. Council agreed with this suggestion and approved Howard pursuing funds for this project. Howard also discussed possibly getting ornamental trees to be planted on Mt. Vernon, as well as long-term goals of looking into burying unsightly power lines, widening sidewalks and dealing with dilapidated buildings.
Howard also said some streets do not have street signs, which makes it difficult for those who are not from the area to find locations. A suggestion was made to inventory the signs.
More on this week’s meeting in an upcoming edition of the Point Pleasant Register.
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