Parsons City Council Approves Kiosk for Cheat River Water Trail

At the rescheduled council meeting held on April 22, the Parsons City Council granted the request submitted by Janet Preston, on behalf of the Friends of the Cheat, to place a kiosk for the Cheat River Water Trail on city property along the Allegheny Highlands Trail near the Flood Monument.

Preston stated that the kiosk is to be built by the Building Construction students at Tucker County High School under the supervision on Neal McDermott. Preston also stated that the Friends of the Cheat would supply the materials for the kiosk.

Preston presented two photos of kiosk designs to the council. Preston added that they hoped to utilize the most practical and pleasing aspects of each design in building the kiosk for Parsons. She added that they hoped to add additional kiosks along the water trail in the future.

Council would also like the public to be aware of the 4th annual ArtSpring to be held county wide Memorial Day weekend, May 23 through the 26. This year the Heritage House in Parsons (old Parsons train depot) will be site of a quilt exhibit by Heather Togbetse’s work inspired by her grandmother’s life in Parsons. There will also be some woodturning demonstrations at the Parsons Fire Hall.

Councilmember Tim Auvil, gave a report on the Parsons Park Board meeting. Auvil stated that upon receiving feedback from the community and members of the Wellness center regarding the proposed changes to the entrances and exits, the park board decided to leave the facility as is. He went on to state that they will not be erecting a wall to separate areas in the Wellness center, but will instead install a conference style partition curtain.

Auvil also announced a 5K run this summer to benefit the Wellness Center. Since this run will be starting in the evening it will be called, “ The Firefly 5K”. It will start at 7:30 pm on July 25, with registration beginning at 7 p.m. The fee will be $10 per person for pre-registration and $15 on the day of the race. This run will be under the direction of Terry Evans assisted by Jess Hudnall.

In other business, council approved the change order for the Moore-Porterwood water line extension in the amount of $268,820.19 to complete the tie-ins on Quality Hill.

Council also voted unanimously to support the mayor and the police department’s effort to strictly enforce Chapter 12-C of the Building and Construction Ordinance.

In financial business, council approved the payment of the city’s bills in the amount of $25,491.57 and agreed to purchase six new two cubic yard dumpsters and two new four cubic yard dumpsters for a total cost of $4,980.

The next regular City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of the Charles W. “Bill” Rosenau Municipal Building in Parsons.