Hutchinson told the commission he has seen how metal detector users tend to make only small impressions in the ground when they are alerted of possible items, and they replace the soil after looking for the object. He said he has had requests from people to be allowed to use the devices.
"I don't really have a problem with them doing that," Hutchinson said. "It's no different than a divot in a golf course."
The commission agreed to allow the use of metal detectors but if damage started becoming a problem, the ban could be reinstated.
The agreement has existed since 2007 to allow the FOP to put a lodge on the property and allow an officer to live on the property with the goal of reducing unwanted activities like illegal dumping and illegal hunting.
Hutchinson said the agreement was beneficial while it lasted.
"It's been an effective way for us to control vandalism," he said.
St. Albans Police Capt. James Agee, who is also vice president of the lodge, said maintaining the property has become too expensive.
"We appreciate the parks working with us on that area," Agee said.
Contact writer Matt Murphy at Matt.Mur...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4817.
Other Top HeadlinesChampion Industries agrees to sell Herald-Dispatch newspaper