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Council votes on Riverfront Park campsite proposal

Moundsville City Council is already planning ahead as it awaits the announcement of a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker plant across the river in Belmont County.

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Moundsville city council is already planning ahead as they wait for the announcement of the multi-billion dollar ethane cracker plant across the river in Belmont County.

City council is hoping to bring more housing to the area in the form of a campsite. City council approved the matter Tuesday night.

They now hope to turn a field at Riverfront Park into a campsite. Mayor Eugene Saunders says the revenue generated from the site could help the city complete other projects.

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Moundsville City Council is already planning ahead as it awaits the announcement of a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker plant across the river in Belmont County.

City council is looking to turn a field at Riverfront Park on 12th Street into a campsite to house more people and bring in more revenue.

"We want to be prepared because this will give the cracker plant employees a place to stay because the campsites in Moundsville are pretty filled up," Moundsville Mayor Eugene Saunders said.

The parks and recreation department recommended they move forward with a plan to develop an RV park.

"One thing, it's going to increase the economy, and it's going to help the park and recreation,” Saunders said. “I know the council has been adamant about putting money into parks and recreation, so this will give them a chance to stand on their own two feet.

"We're hoping the revenue from this campsite could help renovate Four Seasons Pool, for instance. We're hoping to get that Dectron off the roof, that would correct probably 80 percent of our problems."

He went on to say that along with the campsite, they want to add a basketball court and shelter on the front side of the park, adding more recreational activities where there is only a playground.

The decision is now up to city council, and the mayor says if they approve the project, they will move fast.

"We need to get started on this project as soon as possible so hopefully in the next couple of weeks we can get started," the mayor said.

Council meets tonight at 7 o 'clock where they will vote on the matter.

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