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May 15, 2014

Frank Yann newest council member

Replacing Travis Blosser, will represent District 2

FAIRMONT — Fairmont City Council has its newest council member.

Frank G. Yann will represent District 2 to the end of the current term, which runs until the canvass is completed after the Nov. 4 general election.

The District 2 seat became open after former councilman Travis Blosser resigned Monday, April 21. Blosser resigned citing time commitments elsewhere, as a full­-time student and as assistant city manager for the City of Shinnston in Harrison County.

“I’ve decided to step aside and allow someone to replace me that will give this seat and council the dedication its residents deserve and need,” Blosser said at the April 8 city council meeting, where he announced his resignation.

Yann was selected after a work session held prior to the city council meeting Wednesday.

City Council members interviewed the four applicants: Michael H. Ragen, Robert F. Sapp, Ronnie E. VanGilder and Yann. After the interviews were complete, council held a closed-door meeting, after which they unanimously selected Yann for the seat.

Applications for the position were accepted until May 9 at noon, and were open to any qualified voters residing within the second district. District 2 includes Morgantown Avenue, the Suncrest Boulevard area and the Hoult Road area, and runs from Alta Vista Avenue to Morgantown Avenue, including Kentucky, Delaware, Maryland and East Park avenues. Council members must reside within the district they represent throughout their term in office.

The council meeting was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, rather than its normal day on Tuesday due to the Primary Election.

Yann took the oath of office prior to the opening of Wednesday night’s meeting.

During the meeting, council adopted an ordinance to vacate and abandon several alleys and rights­-of-­way near Water Street. Kathy Wyrosdick, Fairmont’s director of planning and development, spoke in favor of the ordinance.

“It doesn’t appear that these unopened portions of alleys and rights-of-way would ever need to be opened in the future for access down to Water Street,” she said.

Norman Krojaeger, a representative for the Marion County Development Authority, also spoke in favor of the adoption of the ordinance, noting that the so­-called rights-of-way appeared to exist “on paper only,” and were covered in brush and weeds.

In other business:

• Mayor Ron Straight declared May 12-16 National Small Business Week. City Manager Jay Rogers said that many small businesses have opened or are opening soon in Fairmont.

• Spring paving has been delayed due to recent inclement weather. It is currently scheduled to begin May 27, depending on the weather.

• There will be a public hearing for an ordinance transferring the television cable franchise in Fairmont city limits from Time Warner Cable to Comcast Corporation at the June 10 council meeting.

• There will be a public hearing for the fourth amendment to Fairmont’s 2013­-2014 annual budget at the May 27 council meeting.

• A public hearing will be held for the rezoning of land on the corner of Locust Avenue and Country Club Road from neighborhood residential to main corridor commercial.

• The city approved a resolution authorizing the Fairmont Community Development Partnership to apply for the West Virginia Small Cities Block Grant Program to implement phase three of the “Maple/Ogden/Jackson Addition Neighborhood Revitalization Project.” The grant would be for $500,000, with an additional contribution by the city for $25,000.

• Houston Richardson was appointed to the Planning and Zoning Commission for an unexpired term to end Sept. 17, 2016.

Email Colleen S. Good at cgood@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @CSGoodTWV.

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