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Pandemic impacting Weirton Park Board’s bottom line

WEIRTON — As they head into the winter months, Weirton Park Board members continue to see the need for possible adjustments as the COVID-19 virus affects its revenue stream.

During Thursday’s board meeting, Parks Executive Director Coty Shingle explained the board is approximately $28,000 down from projections for the current fiscal year.

“We need things to turn in a positive way,” Shingle said. “We count on every dollar that comes in.”

One area of particular concern has been membership, with Shingle noting a drop in passes made available through Community Development Block Grant funds.

“Nobody even wants to come in and fill out the paperwork,” Shingle said.

Shingle said hours and other operational aspects might need to be changed to assist in balancing the budget.

Occupancy at the Millsop Community Center has been reduced as a result of COVID, with levels periodically increased. Shingle said, though, he wants to hold off on any more increases for the time being.

“We’re not going back on what we’ve done,” he said. “We’re not going forward.”

Shingle also reported that while schools are closed as a result of COVID, students won’t be allowed inside the Millsop Community Center during the day.

“If kids aren’t going to school, I can’t have them in here,” he said. “It’s all about keeping people safe.”

Also during Thursday’s meeting, Programs Director Chris Krishak reported the recent completion of their flag football season; however, also reporting the indoor soccer program is on hold after two games as a result of increasing levels of COVID in the area.

Plans are being made for the annual Bulletin Board Auction, but Krishak announced the annual Lunch with Santa is being canceled.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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