Wyoming County Convention and Visitors Bureau members are working on three promotional items — a brochure, rack card, and a new Web site — focusing on attractions in the county, director Dale Stewart told county commissioners during their meeting Wednesday.

All three should be available within the next 90 days, Stewart told commissioners.

This year, Stewart said, the visitors bureau will again sponsor the Coal Heritage 5K Series, with run/walk events scheduled in conjunction with the county’s four major festivals — Mullens Dogwood, Oceana Heritage, Pineville Labor Day, and Twin Falls Lumberjack — and conduct a motorcycle event that will cross the county.

The Great Motorcycle Tour of Wyoming County is projected to begin in Twin Falls Resort State Park, go on to Mullens, Pineville, Baileysville, Hanover, Gilbert, Man, Cyclone, Oceana, Kopperston, Bolt, Glen Rogers, Saulsville, and back to Twin Falls, Stewart said.

The trip will require a great deal of coordination, especially with law enforcement agencies, he explained.

Also, the Wyoming County Convention and Visitors Bureau will sponsor two golf tournaments and a family-style hiking event.

He said all the activities will be “first class” events.

Stewart also encouraged commissioners and office holders to participate in Wyoming County Day at the Legislature, scheduled today, Feb. 23, in Charleston.

He said nearly 40 booths are scheduled, with day-long activities and an evening reception to include Gov. Joe Manchin.

In other business, commissioners agreed to provide a letter of support for Groundwork USA, which “is a network of independent, non-profit businesses — or Groundwork Trusts – that seek sustained regeneration, improvement, and management of the physical environment through community-based partnerships.”

Commissioners fell short of providing financial support for Groundwork Wyoming County, which needs $25,000 in local funding for three consecutive years to pull down $85,000 in matching federal funding.

The funding will be used for salaries and staffing.

A local Groundwork committee has completed a feasibility study that outlines several recreational projects in the county, but provides no funding for completion of the projects.

Groundwork Wyoming County will move forward and the committee hopes to secure local funding from area businesses and donations.

The funding will have to be in line prior to May 30 in order for the project to move forward, according to officials.

“The county commission will not fully fund this,” commission president Silas Mullins said. “We will look at being a partner and do what we can — within reason.”

Mullins said this is one of the programs that does not “produce tangible products” and thus spending money on it is difficult to explain to taxpayers.

“I think it will add tremendously to Wyoming County, but we have to be responsible in expenditures of taxpayer money and put our money where we get the biggest bang for the buck,” Mullins said.

Also, the commission approved spending an $8,660 grant for the 4-H Leaders of Wyoming County. The funding will be reimbursed to the county by the 4-H Leaders when the grant monies becomes available, Susan England-Lord explained.

The grant will be used for education activities and watershed improvements, she said. Some of the items needed to be purchased with the grant funding are “big ticket” items, and, she explained, she does not want to “break” the group’s budget by paying for everything up front.

Participating students will produce movies revolving around stream cleanup and restoration activities, among other projects.

Commissioners passed on providing $35,000 to the Coal Heritage Authority to create an interpretive park at the Itmann Company Store building.

Mullins said there are questions about purchasing the property as well as environmental issues, making the overall project much too expensive.

He also emphasized sustaining the park will fall to the commission, which is already overtaxed, he said.

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