The Times West Virginian


August 25, 2013

Poll, letters favor county on riverfront


FAIRMONT — Let the county develop the property

As a Marion County resident I feel that Palatine Park should be turned over to the county. They have been offered a trade for the 100 Block of Adams Street. This, to me, seems like a more than fair trade.

The City of Fairmont has had control of this park since the 1960s and they have not done anything to develop it. Oh, excuse me they put in a stage, which is very nice and much needed. In 2000 the City of Fairmont had plans to improve the park, but again they said nothing was done due to lack of funds.

On July 2 the announcement was made that the Marion County Commission had purchased the waterfront property from CSX Railroad. They since have taken down trees to improve the view of the water and added more parking, added much needed picnic tables, and are now in the process of adding sidewalks and restrooms.

All of this has been done in the six weeks following the announcement and the City of Fairmont hasn’t had time to discuss this venture, among them, to decide what they want to do.

The time has come to do the “brotherly” thing and let the county develop this property.  They have a plan and the finances to follow through with the project for the good of the Marion County citizens.

Let’s get err done!

Jacqui Tennant


Quit dragging

your feet

The City of Fairmont needs to quit dragging their feet and let the county develop the riverfront. It would be great if they partnered together.

Ardella Cottrill


City needs

to cooperate

I am writing to encourage the City of Fairmont to cooperate with the county, in development of our waterfront at Palatine Park. For many years, the citizens of this county have voiced their frustration with the lack of development. I personally am tired of waiting for something better to come to this town, and have considered moving just miles north or south where city officials haven’t hindered progress. This once-booming town has become nothing more than a rest stop to something better. I vote every election, and every election the same officials who hinder progress are re-elected. Downtown would benefit, as well as the multimillion-dollar gateway if the waterfront was developed to its full potential. Please, as a representative of our newspaper, get the word out that we want to see the development of the waterfront happen.

Jessica Snelson


Turn over the park

City needs to give park to county. Maybe they’ll turn it into something for the people of the county, fun, maybe even profitable.



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