Rec board talks pool repairs, marina

STEUBENVILLE — The city parks and recreation board on Wednesday discussed repairs to a retaining wall near the Belleview Park swimming pool and plans to install a water line to the marina area.

The board didn’t have a quorum so members there only discussed items and didn’t vote on matters.

Lori Fetherolf, parks and recreation director, said the area near the retaining wall has been marked off with caution tape for the past couple of years because of wall was in jeopardy of falling over. She noted the wall is located near the shallow end of the pool. A contractor will be paid $38,000 to repair the wall, and funding will come from income tax funds earmarked for recreation.

Fetherolf added that about 50 yards of the 3-foot high wall will be replaced, allowing people access to the area to sunbathe and sit near the pool.

In other matters, the board discussed funding for a water line extension to the marina.

The city received a $100,000 state grant for the water line but needs another $100,000 for the project, and Fetherolf noted the $100,000 grant can be used to match any other grant received.

City officials have until early next year to make a decision on the project or the grant money will have to be returned.

Fetherolf said the goal is to use the water line to attract business to the marina area and to install bathrooms.

City Council has balked at the idea of using city funds for the project when so much else has to be done with the city’s water system.

City Manager Jim Mavromatis said he will meet next week with Coucilwoman at large Kimberly Hahn, city Engineer Mike Dolak and Fetherolf to discuss the status of the project.

The parks and recreation department is sponsoring a Halloween party for children ages 4-10 from noon until 2 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center.

Fetherolf said the cost is $1 per child, and the party will feature bounce houses, face painting, food and games.