The Times West Virginian

December 18, 2013

Rogers: Fairmont has strong 2013

Notes there are ‘many, many more challenges’ ahead

By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Members of the Fairmont City Council met for the final time of 2013 on Tuesday evening.

City Manager Jay Rogers commended council for everything it has accomplished over the past year.

“I thank the council for the work that we did in 2013,” he said.

Rogers said some of the highlights included the completion of the new public works building, the completion of the corrective action plan and the significant progress that was made on the paving project.

“You had a record year of paving,” Rogers told council. “You’ve paved more streets in a four-period cycle than you did from 1994 to 2004.”

Rogers noted that the city is ending 2013 on a good note, but that it is also poised to take on more responsibilities and to make continued improvements in 2014.

“We have many, many more challenges in front of us,” he said. “But as everybody gets some rest over the holidays, we will come back in the new year ready to get back into it.”

Rogers also informed council that after today, he expects the city will be able to proceed with the demolition of three more dilapidated homes in the community, located on Cleveland Avenue.

Also at the meeting, council approved several board reappointments and appointments. Jesse Corley was reappointed to the Fairmont-Marion County Transit Authority; Peale Davidson was reappointed to the Fairmont Sanitary Sewer Board; George Sprowls was reappointed to the Historic Preservation Review Commission; and Ray Friend and Mike Burkovich were appointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Fairmont City Council will meet again on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.

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