WESTOVER \u2014 A recent city council meeting has council members and the mayor focused on fixing the Holland Avenue wall in Westover as soon as possible.\r\nDuring the April 2 Westover city council meeting, Mayor David Johnson said he spoke with Thrasher Engineering about the progress on getting the Holland Avenue\/Route 19 wall fixed.\r\n\u201c[They were] to meet that evening with the people from the DOH, and he was going to push that the wall should be their responsibility because it is in their right-a-way,\u201d he said.\r\nJohnson said the wall was the responsibility of Westover.\r\n\u201cThat\u2019s really not the case,\u201d he said. \u201cWe know that one of our predecessors along the way had taken that wall \u2014 they wanted ownership of that wall years and years and years ago, which was at the time I guess they thought it was a good idea. I don\u2019t know about now.\r\n\u201cI think one of the concerns we have \u2026 we have some concerns where we may want to \u2026 what he\u2019s trying for now is an emergency temporary fix, which we don\u2019t want. We want to make sure that when it\u2019s fixed, that it\u2019s fixed correctly.\u201d\r\nJohnson said he will speak to Thrasher and the DOH to see what can be done about the wall.\r\n\u201cIn the meantime, that wall is steadily deteriorating, so it may be, and I\u2019m going to talk to him and see what they think, but it may be that the part they think is bad, that we may need to just take that down or tear that off because it\u2019s not formed. There\u2019s not any form of support, like we\u2019ve discussed before.\u201d\r\nFirst Ward councilmember Ralph Mullins said he needed to share information about the wall, and he requested his comments be put in the minutes.\r\n\u201c[I had] an engineering report done in 2012,\u201d he said. \u201cIt was actually supposed to be for the part of the Holland wall that borders my property, which whenever we take a vote on anything in regards to that wall, I will abstain because it could be looked at as a conflict of interest.\r\n\u201cWhen I first bought that property, I saw the issues and had that report done. I just recently discovered that instead of them doing a report on around where my property borders, it goes around from my property down to the bridge. It\u2019s not good.\u201d\r\nMullins said he felt responsible for saying something now before an accident occurred.\r\n\u201cThe issue is this,\u201d he said, \u201cthat wall is not an issue of if it\u2019s going to come down. It\u2019s a question of when, and it doesn\u2019t matter \u2026 actually, after I had this report done, within six months I had somebody call [Sen.] Joe Manchin. Joe Manchin called the head of the DOH in Charleston , and I have documentary evidence that that wall, along with the sidewalks was turned over to the city of Westover before I was born.\r\n\u201cWe can sit here, if we want to drag our feet and not do anything because there\u2019s been a line item here [on the budget] for $50,000 every since before I was a councilman,\u201d he said. \u201cBut if that wall, when it does come down, if it falls on top of a car, and if it kills people, there won\u2019t be a lawsuit for $1 million. It will be $25 million.\r\n\u201cI\u2019ve spoken with the mayor, and I agree with him. I\u2019m all for doing anything I can do with his help to try to get the DOH to help with doing an engineering report and even helping us to fix the wall along with us.\u201d\r\nMullins said it would behoove the DOH to help with the project because at least one lane of traffic, possibly two, would need to be closed for the project.\r\nA copy of the 2012 engineering report, done by RSK Engineering, said the wall was nearly 500 feet long.\r\nAccording to the report, \u201c195 feet of the wall needs to be repaired, while the entire length of the wall requires some level of remedial repair. \u2026 Considering the wall type, absence of wall in two locations, lack of a key for the wall base, as well as the adjoining drainage ditch, significant threats to the general public\u2019s health and safety are unacceptable.\r\n\u201cFurthermore, the drain line outlet at Front Street needs to be rerouted to assist in fully reducing the discharge running along the edge of Holland Avenue. These threats are real and will only continue to increase in magnitude with time, resulting in a corresponding cost increase.\u201d\r\nMullins said the report did not include the section of wall that borders his property and that is also in need of repair.\r\nAccording to The Dominion Post archives from April 8, 2015, the city of Westover said it would be soliciting bids for the wall\u2019s repairs in a few weeks.\r\nAccording to the article, former Westover Public Works Director Richard Hillberry II said the city had been budgeting for it for two years.\r\nThere is a contingent liability in the Westover budget for $50,000 for the Holland wall repairs.\r\nRepresentatives from the Department of Highways were not available for comment in time for this report.