KEYSER - Summer Jam 2018 is on the books as the City of Keyser lines up entertainment for the South End Park.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
KEYSER - Summer Jam 2018 is on the books as the City of Keyser lines up entertainment for the South End Park.
When the group Sirens on Sunday was booked to perform at the South End Park last year, no one imagined that the group and volunteers would take the $400 they were given for performing and turn it into a free evening or music, food, activities and a movie for all ages.
“We want to give back to the community and show what loving one another is all about!” the group said on their social media page.
Jacob Everline appeared before the Keyser Mayor and Council Wednesday seeking permission to hold the event again this year and for it to become an annual event.
“This is one out of 365 days a year. I want it to be free. We want a positive difference in the city,” he said.
Estimating that over $1,000 was spent on last year’s event; the city has already pledged $400 with donations being sought and Everline to come back with an estimate, if additional funds are needed.
“It’s not about making money, it’s about community,” said Councilman Eric Murphy.
Everline hopes to pick at date in August close to the start of school. Last year’s event drew over 300 people and he is hoping for more this year.
“We just want people to come and feel comfortable, he added, noting that it’s hot dogs and pizza, they play all types of music and have activities for the kids including face painting and a bounce house.
The evening will conclude with a movie and possibly a fireworks display.
Jennifer Junkins has begun booking bands to perform at the amphitheater this summer with a Keyser Fest being planned for June 9 and Back in the Day, a sock hop band, set for July 4.
In other business this week, the city is continuing to look at possible upgrades to its fuel system or the option of going to a state purchasing fleet card, if it can be formulated to break down what department the gas is being used for.
City administrator Randy Amtower noted that the benefit of using its own fuel system is that it saves the additional 53 cents a gallon tax on gas.
Amtower noted that Brickstreet, the city’s worker’s compensation insurer, is due for a compliance audit and that with updated policies and a checklist of what an employee would need to do if he would become ill or injured on the job, the city should be ready.
Keyser’s annual insurance renewal is also coming up and while the average loss rate is 40 percent, the city is at 19 percent, a fact that Amtower hopes to use to negotiate a lower rate increased than the average 3 percent.
The city’s insurance paid for damage to one of the fire engines following an incident on Green Mountain, where the car owner’s insurance refused to pay.
“Don’t hold that against my loss ratio,” said Amtower of his plans to discuss the matter if needed during the insurance renewal process with the current provider and other agencies who may be interested in providing coverage for the city.
As warmer weather begins to arrive in the region, the city is working on its list of paving projects for the season. As a schedule is developed, it will be announced and published.