By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian
WHITE HALL —
The sidewalk project in White Hall has been reduced to two phases.
During Monday’s meeting, council members passed a motion to move the fourth phase of the project to the second phase. The project includes putting in sidewalks along U.S. 250 in White Hall.
The reason for the move was due to issues in phase two that would have put a sidewalk from Mike’s Electric to White Hall Convenience Store. Phase four will now be phase two and will begin at WesBanco and end near State Farm Insurance.
During earlier meetings, Mayor Guy Ward told council that the area along U.S. 250 where phase two was going to be built was too steep and that a retaining wall would have to be put in.
“That’s going to cost us astronomically,” he said. “It’s going to cost us way too much.”
The town received $90,000 from the West Virginia Department of Transportation to pay for each phase of the project. Ward said the town must pay an additional $22,500 for each phase.
Ward said phase one, which will run from Mike’s Electric to State Farm Insurance, will start construction in spring 2014. He said originally four phases were planned but as of now only two are definitely going to be constructed.
“We’ll for sure have the two phases but we’re looking to do four,” Ward said.
In other business:
• Council passed the second and final reading of an ordinance annexing Cloverdale Heights into White Hall. Ward said the annexation will be official once it is approved by the Marion County Commission.
“It’s possible that we could have them in at the earliest, the beginning of October, and at the latest, the end of October,” Ward said.
Ward said residents living in the 8.38 acres that are being annexed will benefit from being part of White Hall.
“We’ll be maintaining their streets, which will include paving, patching and snow removal,” he said.
A public hearing was held prior to Monday’s council meeting but no comments were made.
• White Hall’s town cleanup will be held from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 5.
Town recorder Charlie Mason said only White Hall residents will be allowed to dispose of scrap metal during the cleanup. Anyone interested in collecting the scrap metal may call Mason at 304-363-3625.
• Council distributed the hotel/motel tax. The Marion County Beekeepers Association was given $1,500.
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