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March 31, 2014

Monongah to renovate town hall

FAIRMONT — Monongah is ready to renovate its town hall.

Mayor Greg Vandetta said the town received a $10,000 Bowers grant to upgrade one of the restrooms in the building. The project has been delayed for a few years but will now move forward.

For the remodeling work, this bathroom in the town hall will be made handicap accessible and turned into a family bathroom, he said. Monongah has ordered restroom partitions and ceramic tile for the floor. The renovations will also include the installation of new bathroom fixtures and the addition of a baby changing station.

In addition, the Town of Monongah’s two trainings — originally planned for earlier this year but canceled due to the inclement weather — have been rescheduled for Monday, April 7, Vandetta said.

The class on “Robert’s Rules of Order” will take place at 6 p.m. at the town hall, and is open to any elected official and member of the public interested in learning the rules for how meetings are run. Also that day, a seminar will be held at 1:30 p.m. for the town’s employees on the topic of sexual harassment.

John Sorrenti, training specialist for the West Virginia State Auditor’s Office, will lead both sessions.

Monongah is also gearing up for its free cleanup day on Saturday, April 26, from 7 a.m. to noon.

Vandetta said garbage bins will be available in the town parking lot so citizens, who should bring a water bill to show proof of their residence, can dispose of items. Constructions materials will not be accepted, but most other items can be thrown away that day.

The town has previously held cleanup days twice a year, generally in April and October. However, depending on Monongah’s finances, the upcoming event could potentially be the last cleanup day for a while, he said.

Vandetta explained that Monongah’s garbage fund is taking money out of the general fund, and it’s costing the town to offer these cleanup days out of the general fund.

Council is exploring the possibility of using another company in the area for garbage service and is trying to obtain a quote on costs, he said.

In other news:

• Town council accepted the new budget for the fiscal year at its meeting on March 24.

• Council members have scheduled a working meeting for today to lay the groundwork for the water and sewer updates. Once a plan is established, Monongah will advertise to hire an engineering company for the project.

• Monongah plans to rent a street sweeper this week to get the roads ready for crews to start patching the pot holes.

• The code enforcer is beginning to send letters to residents who need to do work to clean up their property.

• Residents who live along the town’s narrow backstreets and have their garbage picked up by Waste Management’s small truck should make sure their trash is out by 6 a.m. each Thursday.

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