NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Commission plans to review its contract to manage Kennedy Marina in Newell.
The commission discussed the marina at its meeting on Thursday, with members noting that they will contact local businessman Mike Shenton, the marina’s current manager, to review the terms of the contract and the responsibilities that resulting.
“The initial contract was concluded in 2013”, said Commissioner Eron Chek. “I think it’s time for it to be reviewed.”
Shenton was awarded the marina management contract in April 2013, separating the facility from oversight from the Hancock County Parks and Recreation Board which had managed it since the late 1990s.
According to 2013 reports, the contract stipulated that the county commission would retain ownership of the marina, receiving $3,500 per month of marina revenue generated from boat moorings and launches, RV rentals and trailers and sales.
Earlier in the meeting, the commission was approached by two residents who expressed concerns about the management of the marina.
One of the residents, Lisa Cox, said she was told in 2021 that she would no longer be allowed to moor her boat at the marina following issues with management, which she said stemmed from that other people were using the wharf rented by his family.
“I have a lot of problems with the way it is managed” she said, noting that she had sent photographs and documents to the county commission a few months ago regarding the matter.
Another resident claimed her family’s motorhome was damaged while parked at the marina, and they permanently removed it in 2021.
In other matters, the county commission approved an update to county burial fees for Three Springs Cemetery in Weirton and the Union, Flatts and Methodist cemeteries in New Manchester. Chek noted the “digging costs” was increased by $50.
“We are adjusting this and making no other changes,” she says.
The committee also:
Agreed to post tenders for repairs to the roof of the County Trial Court building and for the replacement of the park pavilion on Gas Valley Road.
Approved Steven Dixon’s resignation as full-time dispatcher, considering paying Dixon’s accrued vacation pay.
Approved Connor Lang’s transfer from full-time dispatcher to part-time dispatcher and agreed to pay Lang’s accrued vacation.
Named Del. Mark Zatezalo to serve as Hancock County’s representative on the WV 2/I-68 Authority.