Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Coonskin Labor Problem Solved

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Coonskin Labor Problem Solved

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Kanawha County parks officials appear to have made up for a shortage of summer workers at Coonskin Park. Parks Director Jeff Hutchinson told members of the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission at a regular meeting Wednesday that 11 inmates from the Charleston Correctional Center began work at the park this week, cutting grass, trimming weeds, painting and doing maintenance. Hutchinson said all the inmates are non-violent offenders in the process of being released on parole.

"We've gotten quite a bit accomplished, Hutchinson said Wednesday.

Hutchinson made arrangements with the state Department of Corrections to provide part-time labor in the park after struggling with an ongoing problem getting and keeping workers to do the hot, sweaty summertime jobs inside the park. Inmates supply the work for free, in exchange for lunch.

Also Wednesday, Hutchinson told the parks board that paving is supposed to start next week on all the roads inside the park. …

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