The Times West Virginian

Opinion

August 25, 2013

Poll, letters favor county on riverfront

FAIRMONT — The Marion County Commission is looking for an answer on whether the City of Fairmont will trade property it owns at Palatine Park so they can move forward with a riverfront development plan.

On July 2, the commissioners met with Fairmont City Council and announced that they had officially acquired a large piece of property along the Monongahela River on Fairmont’s East Side, butting up against Palatine Park.

Commissioners revealed a development plan for the property and asked that the City of Fairmont consider trading Palatine Park for the 100 block of Adams Street, the site of the now-demolished State Office Complex.

Upon purchasing the property from CSX Transportation Inc. in June, the county has made progress on the first phase of the riverfront development project. That phase extends from the Bauer Building/Election Center to the site of the former Low Level Bridge and includes clearing out space for walking trails and adding restrooms, fishing docks, boat docks and ramps, a splash park, picnic tables, parking, pavilions, a water garden and maybe even a gazebo for weddings.

But the county wants to extend the redevelopment beyond that, and needs cooperation from the city to do so.

It seems if there has been bad blood between the city and the county since. The county is accusing the city of dragging its feet and standing in the way of progress. The city says the county is bullying them and they need time to make a decision.

We wanted to know what our readers felt about the issue. And you know, we always take the hard questions to our readers at www.timeswv.com in our weekly poll analysis.

Here are the final tallies for the question “The county wants to develop the riverfront on East Side but lacks a key piece of property the City of Fairmont owns at Palatine Park. Where do you stand?”

• The city has resources that would be beneficial to the project. A partnership is in order —16.67 percent

• Egos are clashing and the residents are the ones who will suffer for it. Set aside differences and work out a solution — 36.76 percent

• The county has a great record of park development and has the money to do it. Trade the property — 46.57 percent

In addition to asking people to vote on our website, we sought more detailed comments from readers, who brought in letters, sent emails or responded directly online.

Here are their thoughts:

Riverfront: A giant step forward

I am excited about what our county and city are doing by building the riverfront at Palatine Park. I am also happy the DNR is participating in this project. This is just a beginning of the growth of our City of Fairmont. When outside businesses see what is happening here, they will be motivated to get in on the ground floor and build their business, exactly what our city needs. This is a proven fact,  look what Morgantown has done when they built their riverfront. They now have a very prosperous and thriving riverfront. Fairmont is on their way to do the same, and the results will be the same.  Small businesses, motels, hotels, and who knows where this my take us in future months. This is a giant step forward.

Tony Pulice

Fairmont

Text Only
Opinion
  • 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.

    April 18, 2014

  • 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.

    April 17, 2014

  • 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.

    April 16, 2014

  • 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.

    April 13, 2014

  • COLUMN: ‘Instant’ news not always reliable

    Instant.
    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!

    April 13, 2014

  • 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.

    April 11, 2014

  • 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.

    April 10, 2014

  • 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.

    April 9, 2014

  • 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.

    April 6, 2014

  • 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.

    April 6, 2014

Featured Ads
NDN Politics
House Ads