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BUCKHANNON — The local community might still be in the midst of a frosty winter, but on Thursday, the Upshur County Commission didn’t hesitate to dive into setting summer hours for the Upshur County Recreational Park and pool.

The commission approved the hours of operation and fee schedule for the 2017 season at its regular meeting, with several notable changes. The pool opens to the public on May 27 and closes for the season Aug. 12. One of the main changes the commission is making is the reinstatement of the concession stand and the addition of more lounge chairs and shaded areas, Upshur County administrator Carrie Wallace told the commission.

As far as hours go, the pool will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and admission is $5 a person. The original hours had been set from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., but commissioner Sam Nolte said he had spoken with several residents in the community who are frequent users of the pool who said they’d like to see the complex open a bit earlier.

“I’ve made a few calls to people who attend the pool a lot and that was one thing they said – that the pool opens a little late,” Nolte told his fellow commissioners.

Sunday hours will remain in place from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and admission is only $3 that day, as it is designated as “Family Fun Day.”

A season pool pass costs $120 for an individual pass and $30 for each additional pass in the person’s immediate family. Pool parties taking place from 6 to 8 p.m. cost $175 for under 40 people, while pool parties for 40 to 80 people from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. cost $200. The county will charge $225 for a pool party with more than 80 people attending.

In addition, swimming lessons will be scheduled by appointment and cost $15 for 45 minutes. The details of group swim lessons — including the size and cost — are currently being worked out with pool manager Seth Blake.

Lap swimming will be available from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. for $3 per day or $50 for a season pass; on weekends, the pool will be open to lap swimming from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Additionally, water aerobics will be offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. beginning Monday, June 5.

Nolte made a motion to approve the 2017 Buckhannon-Upshur Recreational Park hours of operation and fee schedule, with several noted changes, and commissioner Troy “Buddy” Brady seconded the motion.

“I will second that motion,” Brady said. “We are trying to make the pool more friendly to the citizens of Upshur County by opening up the concession stand, which I think will be a benefit. Opening up at 11:30 will be an asset not only to us and to the concession stand, but also the public, because if you’re there at 11:30 a.m., you’re going to want to get something to eat between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. I think the upgrades we’re making to the pool are going to bring more people back, because back in the ‘80s, after talking to the person who used to run the pool up there, they used to have 250 people there a day. We are down to 60 some days. So with the rise in attendance, we might find ourselves losing not quite as much money as we have been.”

The motion to approve the hours and fee schedule passed unanimously.

In other county business, there are three vacancies on county boards Wallace is looking to fill. Those include the Upshur County Building Commission; the Upshur County Farmland Protection Board, the member of which needs to be a farmer; and the Upshur County Safe Structures and Sites Enforcement Board. Please send a letter of interest to county administrator Carrie Wallace via email at [email protected] or 91 W. Main St., Suite 101, Buckhannon, WV 26201.

Before adjourning, the county commission also:

p Approved and signed NewTech Systems, Inc. Fire Alarm Testing and Inspection Agreement, effective from Jan. 1, 2018 to Feb. 1, 2019. The annual fee will be $900 for one inspection per year.

p Received correspondence from Kenna Leonard on behalf of the Union Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization requesting donated items or monetary contributions for Union Elementary School’s annual auction to be held March 11. The commission approved donating 10 one-day pool passes.

p Received correspondence from John Sencindiver, chairman of the WesMonTy RC&D, requesting the commission reappoint JC Raffety to the board. The commission approved the request unanimously.

p Received correspondence from David E. Godwin, Upshur County prosecuting attorney, announcing the retirement of Laura Queen, victim services coordinator, effective March 24.

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