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Conservancy applies for grant for public restrooms

Created on:   Wed, Feb 7, 2018   6:13 PM

Last modified:   Wed, Feb 7, 2018   6:13 PM

The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN — A Philadelphia Eagles coffee mug adorned the county commission dais on Feb. 7 as the commission flew through a light agenda.

Among the issues taken up by the commission was a grant application from the Mon River Tails Conservancy (MRTC).

MRTC Executive Director Ella Belling explained that the $25,000 Community Participation Grant request through the West Virginia Tax Office would be used to further convert the old Elkins Coal and Coke building into a public restroom and visitor’s center.

“It’s probably been more than a 10-year endeavor to turn this building into public restrooms,” Belling said, explaining that MRTC received grant funds in 2013 for that purpose. “It will be the only public restrooms, right now, on the Deckers Creek Trail.”

In other county news, the commission awaits documentation from Charleston sealing its agreement with the West Virginia Division of Highways (DOH) regarding funds for work along River and DuPont roads this spring.

In November, it was announced that the county ($150,000) and the DOH ($850,000) would collaborate to fund a million-dollar ditching and paving project spanning six miles of River and DuPont roads.

Commission President Tom Bloom said the agreement is the first of its kind between a county and the DOH, and the commission is interested in finding additional areas for collaboration.