No quorum for Mountwood meet

VOLCANO – Lacking a quorum Monday night, Mountwood Park board officials could not conduct their monthly meeting following the daylong board retreat last month.

Park board treasurer Blair Couch said the park board is not used to having a lack of members at meetings. He said he thought it was due to the attendance at the retreat.

“I think some board members might be burned out after our retreat last month,” Couch said. “We had full board participation.”

Couch said discussions about how the park has progressed were held at the board retreat, including discussion on the ATV Park.

Board president Bob Buchanan was not able to attend the meeting, having another obligation with the Wood County Farm Bureau, Couch said.

The board had five members in attendance but needed six, said board member Jean Ambrose. Those who were at the meeting were Couch, Ambrose, secretary Andrew Borkowski, director Jeremy Cross and board member Peggy Squires.

Trevor Feight with Small Business Marketing attended the meeting to introduce the revamp of the park website, www.mountwoodpark.org.

Feight said he would train park employees and administrators on how to use the website and gave ideas on how to improve the park’s online presence.

Officials discussed the possibility of creating a way to allow patrons to reserve campsites and cabin rentals through the website. Customers might be able to pay for their reservations online, officials said.

Park officials are looking to redo their alcohol policy. Currently, the park does not abide by any specific laws other than those issued by West Virginia State Parks and Forests. Cross said the park does not have a no-alcohol policy but it could help him if the park chooses to enforce the law on people who create problems in the park.

“I think it’s important to have something to stand on,” Cross said.

When a park has these regulations in place, the park director has the ultimate say, according to the state laws.

Ambrose said park officials could not act on the policy but the draft Cross came up with could be given to board members for future discussion. Should the matter be continued, the park board would present further ideas, including the purchase of signs to make patrons aware of the rule change, officials said.

The new park website should be launched in the next week, officials said.