KEYSER - Complaints about damage and debris at the John R. Shelton Swimming Pool caused a member of the Save the Keyser Pool Committee and the coach of the Keyser Tornado youth football team to go head-to-head Wednesday night at the Keyser City Council meeting.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Complaints about damage and debris at the John R. Shelton Swimming Pool caused a member of the Save the Keyser Pool Committee and the coach of the Keyser Tornado youth football team to go head-to-head Wednesday night at the Keyser City Council meeting.
In her season wrap-up report to the council on Aug. 28, Lynn Robinson of the Save the Keyser Pool Committee shared her concerns about what she said was a lack of respect for the pool building by the Keyser Tornado youth league which uses the building as a locker room during practice and games.
According to Robinson, she had entered the pool building recently to find the trash cans overflowing with plastic water bottles, toilets unflushed and dirty, the lock broken on the door to the concession stand, and a newly-purchased microphone “on the floor, broken.”
Wednesday, Keyser Tornado coach Wes Ours, followed by all the young men on his team, filed into the council chambers to address the concerns.
“I called Wes and asked him to be here,” mayor Damon Tillman said, then turned the discussion over to Robinson and fellow committee member Missy Cummings.
Robinson said she had been unaware of the condition the building had been left in until she entered it approximately three weeks ago to open the bathrooms for an event being held at Brooks Park.
Ours took exception to the accusations that his team left the building in the condition described, and told Robinson, “I want to see pictures of what these kids are being accused of.”
Cummings said she had sent a photo of the broken concession door lock to parks and recreation commissioner William Zacot.
Ours did acknowledge that the boys bring bottled water to practice because, he said, “the water is brown” and they didn’t want to drink it.
He also noted that sweaty clothes and shoes will cause the room to have an odor.
“It’s a locker room. It’s gonna stink,” he said.
“Well, I think it should be cleaned once a week,” Robinson said, to which the boys answered, in unison, “It is.”
“The way you’re painting a picture of these young men is absurd,” Ours said. “You’re calling them slobs and heathens.”
“I just want you to take care of this; we put a lot of time and money into it,” Cummings said.
After the discussion continued to escalate, Tillman said he was “shutting this down.
“We’ve heard your concerns Wes, and these guys (city employees) will take care of it.
“It’s time to just move on.”
It was noted, however, that the outside restrooms will now be made available to groups renting Brooks Park, rather than the bathrooms inside the pool building.
“There really shouldn’t be anybody in the building,” council member Jennifer Junkins said, noting that it allows access to city property and the team’s football equipment.