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Local News

June 17, 2014

Farmington has strong interest in Family Dollar

Determined action backing community post offices planned

FARMINGTON — Farmington wants to see a Family Dollar store become a reality in town.

Residents have been inquiring about the Family Dollar store that has been in the works for Farmington. Mayor Donna Costello was originally told that the company was going to close on the property in March, and then that date was changed to May.

She found out that Family Dollar was dealing with issues related to the floodplain, which impacted the budget of the project, and she is now awaiting word about the current status and hoping for good news. Costello said this new business would mean so much to Farmington.

“We’re the perfect community for them,” she said of Family Dollar.

Costello commented that she’s done everything she can to make sure this business comes to Farmington, and the town will continue to fight.

“If we have to, we’ll go on some massive campaign,” Costello said. “I will plead the case before them.”

The town and surrounding communities are also taking action to try to keep community post offices open and to prevent the cutting of window services and hours. Farmington, Idamay and Four States have all created petitions in support of their post offices.

Postal officials have organized a community meeting on July 17 at 4:30 p.m. at Farmington’s community building. Costello asked that residents of the town as well as Idamay and Four States attend the meeting, and Farmington will return the favor by coming to the meetings held in the other two communities.

She said the post offices are a vital part of the communities, and Farmington, Idamay and Four States have to work together on this issue.

The Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission’s summer playground program started Monday at Farmington’s playground. The camp is currently running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday with different activities every day for campers up to age 12, and children over 12 can help out as teen volunteers.

The number of campers was small on the first day, but if more kids start to come, the town will expand the program to Friday by providing lunch to the children on that day. The town will also pay for the campers’ admission during trips to the Mannington pool.

Also during the meeting, Costello mentioned that the Town of Farmington Poker Run is back.

The event had been organized annually for about 10 years, and people expressed a lot of disappointment when it wasn’t held last year. But this year, the Poker Run is returning on Saturday, Aug. 2, with registration from 9 a.m. to noon and the last bike in by 6 p.m. The day will feature a bike show for participants, music from The Allied Brothers Band, and a few surprises, Costello said.

The cost is $20 for a single rider and $25 for a rider and passenger. The Poker Run is sponsored by Costello along with the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department. Proceeds will benefit the fire department and Chapter 2 of the Hogs and Heroes Foundation, which supports public safety and military personnel.

In other news:

• The town’s sewer rate hike will take place on the next billing cycle.

• John Miller of the City of Fairmont will soon start assisting Farmington in trying to do something about dilapidated properties that are owned but not occupied and whose owners may live out of state.

• The process of patching potholes in town began Monday and will continue this week.

• The Town of Farmington now has a website, www.farmingtonwv.com, that is up and running.

• The town office will be closed Thursday and Friday and will reopen Monday with regular business hours.

Email Jessica Borders at jborders@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @JBordersTWV.

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