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Sistersville’s Makeover Begins With the Holidays

By Staff | Nov 19, 2015

Photo by Miles Layton Steve and Brenda Matthews of Paden City take a moment to appreciate the wreaths recently placed on utility poles in downtown Sistersville. The city is making longterm plans to make aesthetic improvements downtown.

Downtown Sistersville is poised for a makeover.

In the near term, wreaths and holiday lights were recently placed on utility poles downtown for the holiday season.

“We’re getting ready for the holiday season,” Mayor Bill Rice said.

Rice thanked the city’s Planning Commission for re-working the wreaths and making some minor repairs to the lights.

The decorations are an annual tradition.

“Placing up these wreaths and lights will make our town festive for the holidays,” said Carolyn Sterns, a member of the city’s Planning Commission.

Steve and his wife Brenda Matthews of Paden City were shopping Saturday while walking on Wells Street when they noticed the holiday decorations.

“I think the wreaths are just wonderful,” Steve Matthews said.

His wife added, “I think they look brand new. They look great.”

In the long term, the city is in the process of creating a new streetscape plans that may include new sidewalks, landscaping, street lights and other amenities similar the improvements made in downtown Middlebourne.

Rice said council will determine the scope of the improvements the city wishes to seek.

“This streetscape will help transform downtown and make it look a lot nicer,” he said.

Rice said the money to pay for the project comes from a $200,00 state grant with the city providing an additional $40,000 match an 80/20 split. He said the project should begin in spring or summer.

Burgess and Niple Engineering of Parkersburg will be translating council’s vision into reality.

Rice said changing the traffic flow on Wells Street was a important part of these plans when it was opened to two-way traffic flowing in both directions. The city placed a stoplight at the intersection of Wells Street and Route 2. The city’s only expense was the $6,800 need to pay for the light’s installation. Council recently approved moving parking meters on Wells Street because diagonal parking was changed to parallel parking between Wells Street and Route 2 the way it used to be many years ago.

“More people like the new traffic changes than don’t,” Rice said.

Sterns said because of the traffic changes, citizens from the south end of town no longer have to travel north to come through town to perhaps visit Phillips Drug Store on Wells Street.

“People are pleased the street has returned to the way it was for the past 100 years,” she said.