KEYSER - The Keyser City Council seemed divided Wednesday on whether they would revise their decision to sell the Alkire Mansion and Mill Meadow Park.


By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The Keyser City Council seemed divided Wednesday on whether they would revise their decision to sell the Alkire Mansion and Mill Meadow Park.
Resident Melanie Minshall, who has launched a petition drive to ask the city council to keep Mill Meadow Park was back before the officials Wednesday evening to ask them to reconsider and keep the park for the community.
Since the council announced following an executive session on Aug. 14 that they would be placing the Alkire Mansion and Mill Meadow Park up for auction, the topic has been much debated on social media and in the News Tribune.
Monday, mayor Damon Tillman told the News Tribune that it was his intention to recommend to the council that they sell the mansion but not the park.
Wednesday, council member Terry Liller said it appears “the mayor’s interests seem to be to do do what the people want.
“We are trying to listen to the people,” Liller said, adding that the council and mayor have to talk it over before a decision can be made.
“We are considering it, so I would say to you to be a little patient,” he told Minshall.
“Well I can tell you that you can do that (not sell the park), but the people interested in buying (the mansion) aren’t going to buy it,” council  member Mike Ryan said.
Council member Jennifer Junkins said, however, she felt the entity would still be interested.
“I spoke with Damon about this as well,” she said. “The agency that expressed interest in bidding really is not needing all that property anyway.”
It was also noted that the Mineral County Commission co-owns the part of the park property from the gazebo up to the old tennis courts on Route 46.
“I talked to the county commission and they said  pretty much from the gazebo up they co-own  … and they have absolutely no intention to sell it,” Minshall told the council.
“Well we can’t do anything about it tonight,” Ryan said, asking for the issue to be placed on the agenda for the next council meeting.