Wednesday morning, former deputy Mayor of Morgantown, Mark Brazaitis, attended the Monongalia County commission meeting to ask for help with an 8.5 million dollar levy for the Boparc Ice Skating Rink.
This would be managed by the Mason Dixon Figure Skating Club.
Commission said this was not possible to pass because documentation for the levy wasn’t presented in the correct form.
Commission also said they do have a plan in the works that will include improvements to the Boparc Ice Rink.
“Because we as a figure skating club, would be in charge of sort of managing that 8.5 million, which might seem like a tall task for a figure skating club, but someone with frankly, the kind of connections I have. I did go to Harvard, I do know economists, I do have financial advisors. I do know, peripherally, the coach of the Harvard hockey team. We have great resources at our fingertips,” said Brazaitis.
“I’m still convinced that we should fund a public rink that we could all enjoy. A new and improved rink to our old rink, which is breaking down and won’t be good in the next five years,” continued Brazaitis.
Commissioners say that the levy would have had to have been passed 71 days before the election which will be August 27. Wednesday’s meeting was the last opportunity to pass the levy.
“As a commission I believe we are very excited and looking forward to an actual plan that the city council and Boparc will be coming up with a comprehensive plan that will incorporate more than just the ice skating rink, but a complete reevaluation of the city’s Boparc fund,” said Tom Bloom, Monongalia County Commissioner.