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.
If something seems too good to be true, then assume that it is
Scam. noun. A confidence game or other fraudulent scheme, especially for making a quick profit; swindle.
This is a word that Marion Countians have heard a lot about in the past few years. And the problem appears to be one that is getting worse every day.
State must convince parents, schools about benefits of Common Core
It’s always nice to have a little bit of background information before diving into something new.
So we have to agree with West Virginia Board of Education president Gayle Manchin when she says the state should have done a better job of explaining Common Core standards when they were first introduced.
Those standards, part of a national educational initiative that sets learning goals designed to prepare students in kindergarten through 12th grade for college and career, will be fully implemented in every West Virginia school district next month.
Time is now for Tomblin to support King Coal Highway
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is asking Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to add the King Coal Highway project to West Virginia’s six-year highway improvement plan. It is a logical request, and one that Tomblin should act promptly on.
United effort to keep NASA in Fairmont is essential project
The high-technology sector is obviously vital to the economy of North Central West Virginia.
That’s why a strong, united effort to keep the NASA Independent Verification and Validation Program in Fairmont is absolutely essential.
COLUMN: Calling all readers: Be heard
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I love to hear concerns they have about stories we’ve written, things they think should be included in the newspaper and things they think shouldn’t be.
Korean War veterans are deserving of a memorial
NEEDED: A total of $10,000 for the Korean War Memorial this year.
And a good man has been placed in charge of the funding. Charlie Reese, former president of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, is now director of the Marion County Development Office. His task was to make a recommendation as to what steps are necessary to keep the project moving.
Roll up your sleeves, give blood and you can save lives
It takes up to 100 units of blood to save the life of someone who sustains life-threatening injuries in a vehicle accident.
We’re hoping that the number of people who come to Fairmont Senior High School on Friday for and American Red Cross blood drive will exceed that amount.
Vehicles and motorcycles must share the road safely
The days are long. The weather is superb. There’s plenty of leisure time in these lazy days of summer.
It’s the perfect time to take a long motorcycle ride.
It’s also the perfect opportunity for us to take the time to remind not only riders but drivers of the need to share the road. And we feel compelled to mention it because just within the month of July, there have been two motorcycle-versus-car accidents within the City of Fairmont alone — one with severe injuries sustained by the motorcyclist and the other with less serious injury.
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Distracted driving: It isn’t worth fine or a life
Today marks the day that police agencies from six states are joining forces to crack down on one thing — distracted driving.
And they will focus on that traffic violation for a solid week, with the stepped-up effort to curb distracted driving wrapping up on Saturday, July 26.
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