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Reedsville Mayor addresses grant during meeting

KINGWOOD — Reedsville Mayor Dennis Pierson addressed Preston County commissioners Thursday during their regular meeting, telling them the town recently applied for a $100,000 Congressional Direct Spending Grant.

He said the money would be used for the Town Hall Project and for work on the lower park. He also thanked commissioners for the help they had provided the town in the past.

“You gave us $37,000 for our sewer project. We hired an engineer to do an assessment. They found three areas and did the repair,” Pierson said. “You gave us $1,700 for a picnic table. We ordered it and it should be here in a few weeks.

“But to bring Reedsville into town again we need sidewalks,” he said. “We are applying for grants for the construction phase. We are asking the commission to partner with us and pay 40% of the 20% we need for a match for a $500,000 DOH Transportation Enhancement grant.”

Pierson said the commission’s share of the match would be approximately $40,000. He said the project would be for the 2023-24 fiscal year.

There are no sidewalks going out of town toward Dollar General and Shop ’n’ Save. People who walk to the stores must walk along W.Va. 7.

Commission President Samantha Stone said commissioners would look to see what funding they might have available and let the town know.

In other business, commissioners:

  • Approved Karen Kurilko’s request to allow the Daughters of the American Revolution to park the Wreaths Across America Educational Exhibit in the lower part of the court house annex driveway.

Kurilok said the exhibit would be open to the public from 1–7 p.m. July 13.

  • Signed a letter of support for a Department of Environmental Protection Amler grant that would bring a water line to Big Bear Lake.
  • Voted to close county offices Monday due to the July 4 holiday on Tuesday.
  • Went into executive session to discuss personnel, but took no action.
  • Approved letters of support for the Preston County Northern Rail to Trail project.

The next meeting of the Preston County Commission will be 9:30 a.m. July 5.