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Commissioner explains stadium purchase

December 16, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

To the Editor,

The Hancock County Commission recently made an offer to purchase the two surplus football stadiums from the board of education. The commission has received comments about this purchase and I'd like to inform you of the reasons behind this purchase.

We had looked at purchasing these properties months ago, but backed off when local groups and investors expressed interest. As time went on, this issue dragged out with no resolution in sight. Concerned citizens approached the commission about rumors of potential low income housing on one of the sites. We took this into consideration and sought opinions and advice from those who would be affected. We also considered the potential economic development of those two tracts of land.

Over the past three years, many inquiries have come to the Business Development Corporation looking for property in Hancock County to develop. We had acquired the former TS&T property in Chester and cleared the land off giving us a potential development site. We then decided to buy these two properties for potential economic development only.

We will offer these sites to potential clients who will create jobs and expand the tax base for Hancock County. Nothing will be developed on these sites that is not in the best interest of Hancock County. We are here to serve you, and will do our very best to protect your interests. We need to create careers that allow our young people the opportunity to work and live in the county they were raised in.

Any comments or questions, please feel free to call at (304) 564-3084.

Dan Greathouse

Hancock County Commissioner

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