The Randolph County Commission got an update on Wednesday regarding a new covered arena. It made sure that project is completed.
"We've got the site prepared, we're starting to get the building materials on site and hopefully get started soon, and a goal of hopefully having a thank you celebration and dedication with the county fair coming up early September," said Ronnie Helmondollar, WVU Extension Service Agent.
The project involves building a 120x250 square foot covered arena at Camp Pioneer near Beverly. Helmondollar said besides being used as an equestrian arena it will be also used for youth agricultural events and community events.
A weight off the shoulders of the 4-H is that the building is fully funded through donations either in equipment or money. A private donor gave $250,000, and the Randolph County Commission approved Wednesday $10,000 dollars from coal severance taxes making its total contribution so far a total of $35,000.
"When you a look at a total cost of a budget for a facility like that, and preparing a site certainly the volunteer help and the donated equipment certainly makes that project affordable. Still a sizeable project, but more affordable with the donations," Helmondollar said.
Randolph County Commission President Chris See said the county is fortunate to have money from taxes like coal severance and hotel motel to give back to important projects.
"With this arena coming in of course a lot of people stay at the camp, but you'll have people coming in and staying at the restaurant and staying at the hotels, and that's how we accumulate a lot of hotel motel tax which is nice to have," said See.
The arena is scheduled to be complete in time for the Randolph County Fair, which is September 5-8.