PC receives grant for walk
Paden City has received a transportation grant of $80,000 that will be used to create a sidewalk from Paden City Elementary School to Van Camp Street.
The project, which was mentioned at Monday night’s council meeting, will improve safety for students walking to and from the institution.
The grant was recently awarded by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and representatives from the West Virginia Division of Highways and the Federal Highway Administration’s West Virginia Division Office. The group handed out over $5.6 million in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants to 42 projects across West Virginia.
“Today’s grant presentations are the start of many anticipated infrastructure improvements in cities and towns across the Mountain State,” Gov. Tomblin said at the event. “These projects will not only help make communities safer, but also more accessible and enjoyable for the people who call them home.”
The West Virginia TAP grant is administered as part of a federal program held in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It is a federal-aid program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Recipients of the TAP grants include:
Also at Monday’s meeting, Susan Wade, president of Paden City American Legion Auxiliary, addressed council with her granddaughter Mallory Yeater who passed out paper poppies to all the council members and attendees of the meeting while Wade spoke about Poppy Day.
Poppy Day is a fundraising event which benefit the American Legion and veterans. Poppy Day has been set for May 2 at the Paden City Fire Hall during the monthly all-you-can-eat breakfast. Also, a poppy drive has been set for May 8 and May 9. Unit members will be in front of WesBanco in Paden City. The poppies are made by Norbert F. Reid. All proceeds go to benefit veterans and the American Legion.
Another fund raiser, Tag Day, was set for April 11. It benefits the Paden City Little League.
In another matter, recently the state shut down parking on both sides of Robinson Street where parking was on one side. There was a petition with 15 residents expressing their displeasure and they stated that since the parking has been banned off of that street, the residents have nowhere to park. Council decided to attempt to remedy the situation and to talk to the state to see what can be done.
In addition, the two-hour parking ordinance has been tabled because the state has also banned all parking along the highway. Paden City is working on discussing the issue of parking along the highway with them.
Laying the levy was also discussed. Discussion and approval of the budget will take place on the third Tuesday in April. Bob Postlethwait mentioned that because of his changing schedule, he may be unable to attend that day. City Attorney Carolyn Flannery was asked about the possibility of him calling in and voting on the budget by phone. “I don’t see why not, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ does it,” Flannery replied.
Maintenance Superinten-dent Josh Billiter noted that the city has laid cold patch throughout the city and has been working on the pool. They will replace the valves before the pool’s opening and they will also lay new water line along the 200 block of East Jackson Street.
Councilman Joel Davis shared news on the Development Authority front. Davis stated that with 21 windows to be installed on the Health and Recreation Building by April 15, only 21 windows will remain to be installed, which will face west. Davis also shared that the new water meters have been installed in the H&R Building and the new rates set for industrial will take effect May 1. The Development Authority meetings are scheduled for the second and fourth Mondays of each month starting at 7 p.m.
The size of handicap parking spots were discussed. Joel stated that he conducted research yet couldn’t find any regulation with the ADA or anything that was federally mandated. After some discussion among council, it was decided that 24 feet will be the average size.
The police report was also shared. A total of three individuals were cited in city court for moving violations with a total of $228 in fines collected. Also, there were three individuals cited for no insurance, two for an expired motor vehicle inspection, one for no seatbelt, one for failure to obtain West Virginia registration, one for driving suspended, and one for speeding.