The Times West Virginian

October 19, 2013

Pleasant Valley plans park improvements

Will review proposals from engineering firms in the coming weeks

By Colleen S. Good
Times West Virginian

PLEASANT VALLEY — Pleasant Valley is moving forward on plans to make improvements to the city park, and will be further reviewing proposals from engineering firms in the coming weeks.

Mayor Barbara Metcalfe said that before work can be done on the park, the city would like to select an engineering firm to work with, so that the project can be fully planned before starting improvements.

“We’re trying to develop our city property, and we feel we need help in getting it done,” Metcalfe said.

The city has reviewed proposals by nine engineering firms and has selected four firms for interviews. Interviews will be held Oct. 28 and 29 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Work sessions are open to the public.

“We’re really excited about interviewing these four firms, to get our plans off the ground and select someone to lead us,” Metcalfe said.

Metcalfe explained that using an engineering firm, which will select a project manager, will allow the public to remain fully informed of anticipated project stage completion dates.

“It’s so that we have a blueprint of what we want to do, and it will all come together as a uniform package of developing our city park,” she said.

The main issue delaying construction on the property is developing a plan for drainage and water management, Metcalfe said.

The council also approved $4,000 funding for the Rotary Club of South Fairmont’s annual Celebration of Lights. Funding will go toward a light display, upgrades of current lighting and construction of a new ticket booth, which will be decorated with a gingerbread house theme.

A sign will be on display at the event recognizing the City of Pleasant Valley as a sponsor.

In other news:

• Pleasant Valley trick-or-treating will be held on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

• A local business has donated a picnic table for the playground. Mayor Metcalfe said it is much needed.

• The city is planning on finding a judge for the city’s planned municipal court by the end of November and plans to have the court up and running by Jan. 1. The court would handle complaints and code violations, Metcalfe said.

• The city has adopted new forms for hotel and motel funding. Forms were developed in conjunction with the state auditor. For more information, contact city hall at 304-363-2400.

• City funding is now approved quarterly. The council will hear funding requests at its December meeting and will make decisions on those requests at the January meeting.

• The planning commission will meet Nov. 5 at 7 p.m., discussing a possible zoning change.

• There will be a work session Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. to discuss plans for developing the city park with the selected engineering firm.

• The next city council meeting will be Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.

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