KEYSER – The city of Keyser is thinking about buying a water slide for the city pool.

By Richard Kerns
Tribune Staff Writer
KEYSER – The city of Keyser is thinking about buying a water slide for the city pool.
Keyser Councilman Sonny Alt broached the possibility of a slide for the pool at last week's meeting of the City Council, reporting that city staff have been pleasantly surprised that initial investigation into such a feature has found that a slide may not be prohibitively expensive.
Water Distribution Supervisor Sonny Gank, who manages the operations of the pool, said he found that a slide can be bought at "a reasonable price."
The water slide would be a step toward development of a water park, which city officials last year had suggested as part of an effort to develop more recreational opportunities not only at the pool, but at the South End park where it is located.
The South End project has since been relocated to the West End Park, after the Mineral County Board of Education would not provide the city with a long-term lease at the park, which it owns. Alt also reported at the meeting that the city has received new play equipment to be installed at the West End Park, with the items – in about 150 pieces – stored at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The play equipment is slated to be erected through a volunteer-build project in April.
The water park project has been moved to the back burner, with city officials reporting that such an attraction – with water jets and other features in a wading area – would cost $100,000 or more.
Unlike the water park, which would entail development of a separate pool area, the slide would be installed in the current pool.
In other business at Wednesday's City Council meeting, Mayor Randy Amtower reported that Councilman Ed Miller – who was not in attendance at the meeting – had been in an accident while playing with his grandchild, and broke his shoulder. Amtower extended the city's best wishes to Miller on his recovery.
Coucilman Alt reported that the city's Strawberry Festival will be held the first Saturday in June, which is June 1. Nearly abandoned at one point, the Strawberry Festival has been revitalized in recent years to attract numerous vendors and good crowds.
Alt also reported that Cub Scouts in Keyser have volunteered to plant flowers at the amphitheater in the South End Park.
Police Chief Karen Shoemaker told that Council that the police department is hiring a new officer to replace Jeremy Taylor, who was elected sheriff of Mineral County. Applications are being accepted through Jan. 25.
This afternoon's scheduled meetings of the Keyer Water and Sanitary boards have been canceled, for lack of business to conduct.
The next meeting of the Keyser City Council will be 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23.