By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian
With the proposed Clarksburg Street Bridge project set to begin later this year, people are now beginning to discuss possible names for the Mannington structure.
During Monday’s city council meeting, Randy Elliott asked council members to consider naming the new bridge after his grandparents.
Elliott’s grandparents, Samuel Nelson “Doc” Elliott and Florence Anastasia Ryan, lived in Mannington and raised 12 children. He said his grandparents’ living legacy to the community is through the family they raised.
“Many businesses opened and operated in Mannington by that family,” said Elliott, who also serves as a county commissioner. “The Mannington Food Pantry, Clothes Closet and Backpacks for Kids are just a few of the areas where Doc and Florence’s legacy survives.”
Elliott also named nine businesses within Mannington that his family operates.
“All these businesses employ staff, are a tax base to the city and support charities and spend their money in this community,” he said. “Basically, 125 years after my grandparents came to Mannington, their presence is still felt here.”
Elliott said his grandparents are very deserving of having the bridge named after them because of their involvement in the community.
“I think my grandparents are just as deserving as anybody that’s been named on a bridge so far,” he said.
To name the bridge after someone, Elliott said the council must sign and adopt a resolution proving the naming of the bridge. If the city chooses to do that, it goes to the state Legislature, which has the authority to name the bridge.