By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian
Improvements are on the way for a heavily traveled road in Pleasant Valley.
During Wednesday’s Marion County Commission meeting, Charlie Reese, director of the Marion County Development Authority, told commissioners the grant application for $150,000 for the Industrial Park Access Road Fund has been approved by the West Virginia Development Office.
Reese said the funding will go toward road improvements on Tulip Lane in Pleasant Valley.
The road gives access to three businesses including Soles Electric Co. Inc., Shuck Construction & Steel Fabrications LLC, and Heston Farm Winery.
“This is the first phase of (the project),” Reese said.
Reese said one of the factors in receiving money to reconstruct the road is that because Heston Farm Winery has a distillery, it qualifies as an industry.
“If that’s a manufacturer, the Industrial Park Access Road Fund would qualify for it,” he said. “We had more than enough investment to justify the project.”
Improvements include widening the road to make it safer for vehicles to pass. One issue with roads, Reese said, is the water runoff.
“With the water coming off the hill, there isn’t good drainage,” he said. “The project will be able to fix that.”
Reese said the application has to go through the West Virginia Department of Transportation. Once it is approved, he said it will give them $400,000 for the Industrial Park Access Road Fund.
Also discussed at the meeting was the first reading of a resolution that would annex 43.28 acres into Worthington.
Worthington Mayor Sandra Hulsey said there are three businesses — J&J Auto Repair, Thompson’s Inc. and Dollar General — that want to be inside the corporate limits of Worthington. She said there is a fire hydrant near the three buildings that was going to be removed.
“If the town annexed the property in, they would be able to keep the fire hydrant,” Hulsey said.
Hulsey said the transition has been smooth so far.
“The residents who own property in those acres, they all signed the petitions,” she said. “We had 100 percent sign it.”
A public hearing on the annexation is set for April 2.
In other business:
• Commissioners passed a motion to hire Ryan Brent Heiskell full time as deputy sheriff with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.
• The county commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 12, has been canceled.
• The next county commission meeting will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, at the J. Harper Meredith Building in Fairmont.
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