WINFIELD, W.Va. — A recent act of vandalism at Valley Park pool resulted in a citation from the state Department of Environmental Protection for Putnam County's Parks Department.
Someone emptied the water slide pool, which sits next to the wave pool. The slide pool empties into a pond that happens to be stocked with fish.
"Apparently somebody got inside the fence, and there's a key, like for a water meter, and they knew where the key was and opened up the valve that empties the slide pool," Commissioner Joe Haynes said.
"Well, that's a big influx of chlorine all at once, which kills fish," Haynes said. "So then you had a massive fish kill in the pond, and then DEP gets us for a violation even though it was an act of vandalism."
The citation does not include a fine.
Parks board members believe the culprit was someone with knowledge of the pools, but said parks Director Scott Williamson and the Hurricane Police Department didn't have any suspects that he was aware of.
"But it does sound like it has to be somebody who knew," Haynes said. "You immediately wonder if it was a former or disgruntled employee."
Williamson was in attendance at Tuesday's regular county commission meeting to give a quarterly report on the department's budget and to discuss possible projects in the park to be funded by tax-increment financing.
The commission has asked all the county agencies and departments it funds to present quarterly budget reports in the wake of the financial breakdown at the health department.
Williamson's budget is in the black, and he said that in spite of a slow season at the wave pool, he anticipates finishing the year with a balanced budget.
The county intends to submit an application to the state economic development office for $300,000 in TIF projects at Valley Park.