The Times West Virginian

October 29, 2013

Monongah gets funding to fix Fleming Street landslide

County commission gives town $3,000 for project

By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian

MONONGAH — Monongah is taking steps to fix the landslide on Fleming Street.

Mayor Greg Vandetta reported during Monday night’s council meeting that Monongah received word that the Marion County Commission is giving the town $3,000 for the project.

“The hillside is moving out there, and we’re afraid that we may lose our road,” he said. “Engineers are going to do a study to see what’s causing that to see if maybe there’s something we can do to stabilize that so our road doesn’t come down.”

One house is impacted by the problem.

Vandetta said there was a delay in the funding arriving because it initially went to the City of Fairmont instead of Monongah. The $3,000 is actually more than Monongah needs, because the town was only about $1,600 short of the total project amount.

The engineers will proceed in scheduling the work so the project can get started, he said.

Also during the meeting, Vandetta said Monongah is in the process of trying to collect a number of delinquent payments on water service, and the next move is to start taking people to magistrate court. Council members voted unanimously to continue to pursue the money that is owed to the town.

The town has started by contacting a group of people with the most recent delinquent payments, which total $2,300.43.

In addition, by unanimous vote council accepted the second reading of an ordinance to update the property maintenance code as authorized by the West Virginia State Fire Commission. According to the ordinance, this code “provides for the regulation of all matters affecting or relating to the repair and maintenance of structures and premises within the town of Monongah.”

This ordinance establishes that the town no longer has to vote to adopt the regular state amendments to the code, but will automatically follow those changes.

In other news:

• After going into executive session, council made the decision to lay off a town employee because of financial reasons. Councilman Warren Sloan voted against the action.

• Council discussed trying to hire an additional part-time police officer to work weekend hours where coverage is needed.

• Monongah submitted a request for water plant operator applications, but so far has had trouble finding a candidate with experience working in water plants. The town may have to consider the possibility of training someone for the job, Vandetta said.

• Monongah’s trick-or-treat will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday.

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