The Pleasant Valley town council accepted the bid to renovate a town park.

The park project was planned by the Thrasher Engineering Group. Thrasher presented seven companies that placed bids on the project along with the costs broken down for how much it would cost to pay for each item involved in the process.

The council approved the decision to award Cook Brothers Inc. the contract to work on the park.

According to Thrasher representative Jeffrey Gola, Cook Brothers Inc. will have 60 days to complete the project from the day it begins working on it. Cook Brothers Inc. gave a bid for $197,265.45 to complete the project and was the least expensive of the bidding companies.

“We’re starting to develop our city and we’ve got to put money in city projects,” Pleasant Valley mayor Barbara Metcalfe said. “That’s why we saved up this money.”

According to Metcalfe, the project is paid for through hotel-motel tax revenue that has been saved up.

“That’s why we cut back on our giving. We were giving way too much to agencies,” she said. Hotel-motel tax revenue has to be spent on items that benefit the whole community.

Metcalfe said project includes renovating the walking trail, new backstops, new dugouts, new fencing and drainage. The project to renovate the park will have multiple phases and will include adding to the parking lot and further expansion of the walking trail.

“I’m just excited that we’re finally going to possibly sign a contract and get started on a renovation by at least the middle of August and it’ll be done in 60 days,” Metcalfe said. “I think that is very exciting for the citizens and the city council.”

According to the bid information, Cook Brothers Inc. was the lowest bid by just under $40,000.

Other topics from the meeting include:

• The council discussed needing a new city clerk because the current clerk will be retiring in the coming months. The town will be hiring a city clerk and an office assistant to work in the town hall.

• The town still has one vacancy and two alternates for the planning commission.

• Holiday decorations, which were previously budgeted for, were assigned to Brown. There is a plan to have 10 decorations on lights in Pleasant Valley.

• During the previous council meeting, new council members B.J. Hawkins, Susan Brown and Diane Lay. According to Metcalfe, councilman Chuck Ledsome was named deputy mayor, brown was named treasurer, Metcalfe and Hawkins will serve on the planning commission, and Metcalfe will serve on Region VI and CVB.

This meeting was a special session. The next town council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the town hall.

Email Richard Babich at rbabich@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @rbabichTWV.

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