Making the most of available resources.
That’s the key to any endeavor, and it’s why we applaud a city-county agreement that’s on the verge of formal approval.
At its weekly meeting last Wednesday, the Marion County Commission approved the transfer of its property of the 100 block on Adams Street in Fairmont to the City of Fairmont in exchange for the city’s property at Palatine Park.
That means the county will be able to proceed full speed with the development of the riverfront — something that has been discussed for decades and is now seeing real progress.
The city, meanwhile, will acquire prime downtown property — the site of the former state office building that has been demolished.
The city has discussed plans for the Adams Street property for some time, but plans have not been finalized.
“It’s integral to downtown,” City Manager Jay Rogers said. “Ever since the former state office building closed, we knew development wold happen. We want to look at the entire block. Whether it’s long-term parking, open space or a building, there are a lot of things to look at.”
Kris Cinalli, county administrator, said that paperwork was still being completed last week.
City council will have two ordinances drawn up for the Tuesday meeting, one to authorize transfer of the Palatine Park property to the county and a second to accept the deed to the 100 block.
“They will add the provision that will give us control of the property immediately with the approval of their resolution. We also reserve the right to approve construction of structures they propose to build,” Cinalli said.
City and county officials, after long discussions about the transfer of the “green space” property, believe substantial progress will be the result.
“I’m glad to see the great cooperation with the two entities to bring to resolution the transfer of the property. I think the entire county will benefit. I am confident this will be a smooth transfer,” said Randy Elliott, commission president.
He noted that “we’ll get what we need at Palatine to continue further developing the park.”
Rogers said the city has been discussing various projects planned for Palatine Park over the years, wondering if they would occur if the transfer took place.
“That took some time,” he said. “The city never opposed what the commission proposed to do on the riverfront. Our position was we wanted to be partners to do some of this work.”
Those projects, a two-story pavilion and a marketplace structure, were fleshed out and put in ink at a council work session on Sept. 5.
After that, Rogers said, things worked out easily.
The two-story pavilion could be rented out to the public for special events, and a 25,000-square-foot “marketplace” would house a farmers market as well as retail shops, restaurants and services.
With this deal, the potential to take advantage of Fairmont’s location on the Monongahela River has never been greater. We’re also eager to see what develops with the 100 block of Adams Street as Fairmont works to build a more vibrant downtown, particularly with the future opening of a new state office building just a few blocks away.
“We’ll both benefit, and all the citizens of Marion County will benefit,” Elliott said.
That’s the result of working together to maximize resources.
Making the most of available resources.
Unsung heroes handling calls in emergencies are appreciated
Thankfully, we live in a community where help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, just by dialing three numbers — 9-1-1.
During this week, which is recognized as National Public Safety Tele-Communicator’s Week nationwide, we need to remember that on the other end of that line are the men and women here in this county who are always there in case of accident, crimes, medical emergencies and any other catastrophic event.
Message to ‘buckle up and park the phone’ is saving lives
A figure that we haven’t seen that much in recent years is the highway death toll for a given period.
Is the death toll up, down or just about the same as it was?
The West Virginia Southern Regional Highway Safety Program has announced there were 325 highway fatalities in 2013, the second-lowest number on record.
State native Burwell can ‘deliver results’ as Health and Human Services secretary
Sylvia Mathews Burwell might not be a name with which most people are immediately familiar.
For the past year, she has run the budget office under President Barack Obama.
Prior to that, she served as president of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Development Program and later the Wal-Mart Foundation.
Marion scores well in recent health report but could do better
When it comes to area-wide studies, especially on health, there’s usually good news and bad news.
So was the recent report on the health of America’s counties released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently. The nationwide county study evaluated health outcomes and health factors, and ranked counties accordingly.
COLUMN: ‘Instant’ news not always reliable
That little word has a pretty big meaning. With origins that date back to the 15th century, it means urgent, current, immediate.
But think about how that word has developed over the past few decades.
Instant pudding. Instead of slaving over a hot stove for a few minutes, you can now pour cold milk and with a bit of stirring, instant pudding!
Decision to be an organ donor can save lives
Chelsea Clair watched as her father died waiting for a bone marrow transplant.
So when she met Kyle Froelich at a car show in 2009 and heard about his struggles to find a kidney that would match his unique needs, she never hesitated to offer hers to the man she just met.
Volunteers continue to have priceless impact on community
Chances are, you know someone who volunteers. Perhaps you’re a volunteer yourself.
Marion County is full of volunteers.
They read to our youth.
They assist nonprofit agencies.
They serve on boards and committees.
And in 2013, they spent a day picking up nearly 10 tons of garbage that had been tossed out on public property around Marion County.
Proposed school calendar lives up to letter and spirit of law
West Virginia state law requires that students be in a classroom for 180 days.
Strong Fairmont General Hospital badly needed to serve our region
Mere minutes often matter when it comes to emergency health care.
That’s why we need a strong Fairmont General Hospital.
When patients need the services of health-care professionals, having family and friends close at hand is often essential, and their presence may even lead to a better outcome.
COLUMN: Fairmont General Hospital vital part of community
There’s nothing better than holding a newborn baby. It gives you a little feeling that not only is everything right in the world, but this perfect little human represents hope of a future where things will be better than they are today.
I had that blessed opportunity to hold that hopeful future in my arms last week when I visited my dear friend Jen and her newborn son Tristan at Fairmont General Hospital.
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