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Mon Commission approves easement for new campground, agrees to explore flooding issues

MORGANTOWN — The Monongalia County Commission on Wednesday approved an easement allowing a gas line to cross county property on its way to the future site of the Mylan Park RV Resort and Campground.

The 37-acre site is located next to the Anker Fields Complex. Once completed, it will offer 169 RV/camper sites, 24 cabins and four tent sites, as well as a clubhouse and bathhouses.

The campground will be operated through KOA, or Kampgrounds of America, which boasts more than 500 camping areas across the country, including sites in Harpers Ferry, Sutton and Milton, all in West Virginia.

In March, Gov. Jim Justice announced the Mylan Park project was the recipient of $3.75 million in Abandoned Mine Lands and Reclamation funding.

Mylan Park Foundation President Ron Justice said the goal is to have the site occupied next fall.

In other county news, Vic Solomon asked the commission to look into flooding in the Richard and Dellslow area.

“The people of Richard and Dellslow both need help. We’re getting flooded out,” he said, explaining he believes the existing infrastructure is being overwhelmed.  “Water comes through and goes straight over the road and into everybody’s houses. Some parts of the property have never flooded for years, and now they’re flooding.”

Solomon’s remarks were similar to the concerns voiced in March by Kevin Dailey, regarding what appeared to be mine runoff in his Richard-area properties.

“I do recall the last time we had these conversations we were talking about having the [Division] of Highways involved and looking into what actually is causing this and how we can get them to help us fix this,” Commissioner Sean Sikora said. “We will certainly look into this and try to provide you some relief as soon as possible.”

Lastly, the commission deeded over the 3.667 acres comprising the Battelle District Fairgrounds in Wadestown to the Clay-Battelle FFA Alumni Association.

The move was part of the commission’s pledge to provide a total of $200,000 to help replace the 95-year-old barn on the site with a new 11,000-square-foot building.

“One of the first steps of the community or entity having some skin in the game is having the liability for the building that’s built,” Sikora said.

Alumni Association President Keith Watson previously said the new building’s estimated cost is between $500,000 and $600,000, and it will be completed by July 1, 2023.

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