There’s one thing to see a conceptual plan on a blown-up piece of cardboard, to host a ribbon-cutting and to talk up how a development will change the area for the better.
There’s that, and then there’s progress.
And anyone who has seen the riverfront surrounding Palatine Park would not be able to dispute the amount of progress that has been made in cutting down trees, clearing brush and tearing down structures.
There’s more to come.
The final construction plan for Palatine Park has been approved by the Marion County Commission, and it’s far more inclusive than the original plan presented to the public in July.
“We’ve reached a milestone on Palatine Park,” Charlie Reese, director of the Marion County Development Authority, told the commission this week. “When you look at the design, it’s going to be better than we ever thought.”
One of the extreme changes to the park includes a parking lot that sits behind the amphitheater. Reese said it could add 50-75 spaces for parking, which will certainly be valuable for visitors, events and when the Division of Natural Resources installs boat ramps along the river.
Reese said the design also includes a banked area in front of the amphitheater to be used as seating for concerts and events.
The design also includes handicap accessibility and emergency vehicle accessibility. Reese said the sidewalks were redesigned to fit the needs of those who are handicapped and to hold emergency vehicles if necessary.
With the completed design in hand and initial work complete, what is left is to get permits and for dirt to start moving.
Reese said the next step is for Thrasher, a civil engineering, design and management firm that created the design, to get permits from the City of Fairmont. Once the permits are taken care of and the weather breaks, he said construction will begin.
And with an aggressive deadline of May 15, Marion County will be enjoying the riverfront of the Monongahela in a way we never have been able to before.
There’s been a great deal of progress toward that goal with no reason to expect that the momentum will slow.
‘Pothole blitz’ badly needed service coming in West Virginia
Hopefully, the heavy snow and extremely cold weather of January, February and early March are in the past.
Remnants of the harsh winter, though, remain. They’re faced each day by the state’s drivers.
Potholes have West Virginia’s roads in their worst condition in years, and the damaging freeze-thaw cycle is not over.
‘The issues are complicated’ with e-cigarettes
E-cigarettes have been around for about seven years.
But you’d be shocked at how long the idea for the the tobacco-less product has been around.
“A primitive, battery-operated ‘smokeless non-tobacco cigarette’ was patented as early as 1963 and described in Popular Mechanics in 1965,” Megan McArdle wrote for Business Week last monty.
Coal industry can’t afford to give this administration and EPA more ammunition
Coal already has a bad name in Washington, D.C.
The whole industry got another black eye this week when Alpha Natural Resources Inc., one of the country’s largest coal producers, agreed to pay a $27.5 million fine and invest $200 million to reduce illegal water pollution in five states, including West Virginia.
Being observant, reporting suspicions can make difference for hurting children
If a child is hurting, we wouldn’t hesitate to help.
Or would we?
In a five-year span, 22,830 children were victims of some type of neglect or abuse in West Virginia. That’s an overwhelming number to think about.
Gee makes major impact and earns another term as WVU president
Let’s imagine that a graduate from West Virginia University in the early 1980s, when E. Gordon Gee was president, came back to get an extra degree now and couldn’t believe that E. Gordon Gee is “still” the president of WVU.
Effort to encourage purchase of goods produced in U.S. deserves support
The concept of encouraging the purchase of American-made products is certainly not new.
On the federal level, the Buy American Act was passed in 1933 by Congress and signed by President Herbert Hoover. It required the United States government to prefer U.S.-made products in its purchases.
‘Stop Meth, Not Meds’ backed by readers
In West Virginia, there is something referred to as “stop-sale technology” that prevents a person from going to more than one pharmacy to purchase over-the-counter medication that contains the active ingredient pseudoephedrine, a nasal decongestant.
It’s not an issue of stuffy noses that lawmakers were worried about when they created the system.
Even small steps play part in critical mission to reduce childhood obesity
Just two years ago, more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese, meaning they had excess body weight based on their height.
It’s a troubling statistic, and one that health officials have worked diligently to reverse.
Cutting-edge heart procedure at Mon General is saving lives
“I used to think I wouldn’t live to be 50. Well, I made it to 50 and then some,” Pearl Walls said.
Walls is likely alive today and able to tell her story to the Times West Virginian because of a cutting-edge procedure performed at Monongalia General Hospital — a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), which was only approved for use by the FDA in 2011.
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ many works, magic words
You know his words.
You know them well.
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