The Times West Virginian

October 9, 2013

Hearings set on transfer of properties

Involving 100 block of Adams Street and portion of Palatine Park

By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The Fairmont City Council set public hearings to vote on ordinances that will make the transfer of properties between the city and the county official.

One ordinance will accept the transfer of the 100 block of Adams Street from the Marion County Commission to the City of Fairmont, while the other will authorize the transfer of the city-owned portion of Palatine Park from the city to the county.

The transfer of the two properties is part of an agreement between the city and the county as they cooperate on the ongoing riverfront development project.

Council will vote after the public hearings at the Oct. 22 meeting. If council votes in favor of the ordinances, City Manager Jay Rogers said they will go into effect 30 days after the meeting.

As of now, Rogers said the city does not have a specific plan for the use of the 100 block of Adams Street.

“We will meet with council and figure out how we want to plan accordingly and appropriately,” he said.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, Rogers told council that the fall paving cycle has been completed.

According to Rogers, the cycle was one of the biggest in the city’s history with more than 50 streets, which equates to 7.7 miles, being paved at a cost of $826,873.35 from the street-maintenance fund.

In the coming months, Rogers said the Public Works Department will put together a spring paving list.

Council also set a public hearing for Oct. 22 to approve the conveyance of the Lt. Harry B. Colburn United States Army Reserve Center to the City of Fairmont.

If council votes in favor of the ordinance, the city will hold the title to the center and will lease it to Hope Inc., a private, nonprofit agency which offers shelter and confidential supportive services to victims of sexual assault or domestic violence and their families.

In other business: 

• The former Lupo’s and People’s Shoe Shop buildings have been demolished.

• Council adopted a resolution promoting the National League of Cities’ Prescription Discount Card program. The program, administered by CVS Caremark, is designed to assist residents who are without health insurance, a traditional pharmacy benefit plan or whose prescriptions are not covered by insurance to obtain medications at a discount. Rogers said the nationwide program has found success locally, with the City of Clarksburg reaching over $600,000 in savings.

• Rogers offered a reminder to residents to be aware and vigilant as neighborhoods have recently experienced an increase in home invasions.

“The police department is doing everything they can and following every lead,” Rogers said.

• Councilman Dan Weber expressed concern over the loss of jobs that will result from the closing of the Pleasant Valley location of Ruskin Manufacturing.

“Hopefully we can get something in there to fill that space,” he said.

• Glenn Harman was reappointed to a five-year term on the Fairmont Building Commission.

Email Kaylyn Christopher at kchristopher@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @KChristopherTWV.