By C.V. Moore
On Tuesday, Mount Hope City Council accepted delivery of the municipality’s new comprehensive plan, entitled “Reinventing the Future of Mount Hope,” from the city’s planning commission.
A public hearing to discuss the plan will be held Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mount Hope Housing Authority building. City council and the planning commission will both be present.
“The entire community is welcome at that meeting,” said Mayor Michael Martin.
After the hearing, council will vote on the plan.
Upon delivering the document, planning commission chair Charlie Kidd recalled the words of Stephen A. Brennan, who was instrumental in the redevelopment of Pittsburgh’s strip district.
“‘Our goals can only be reached through the vehicle of a plan in which we must fervently believe and which we must vigorously enact. There is no other route to success,’” said Kidd.
“I think those are wise words,” Kidd continued. “We have to believe in this plan and act upon it, and we will be successful. But we have to act together as a group.”
In other council business, the upgrade of Mount Hope’s water plant is now complete, reports Zane Summerfield of Pentree Engineering.
A worker at the plant complains of excess mud resulting from recent construction at the plant. Summerfield says his company will “take a look” at the problem.
Asbestos abatement has begun on a historic school on Main Street that will be demolished due to its deteriorated condition. The abatement is estimated to last a week to two weeks, after which time demolition will begin.
Council approved the first reading of an ordinance and resolution to purchase a piece of property from the Department of Transportation where a new pump station is now located.
Resident Gloria Banks asked to purchase a piece of property from the city near American Hardware. The mayor said he could not promise that the city would not try to redevelop the property, but that Banks would receive first consideration of purchase.
The Mount Hope Police Department issued 156 citations in July, many of which were attributed to a new law restricting use of cell phones while driving. Seven drug charges were made.
The police department was commended by the Boy Scouts of America and a joint interagency task force for their work during the 2013 National Scout Jamboree near Mount Hope.
Mayor Martin was selected by the West Virginia Municipal League as Mayor of the Year for 2013. He received the award last week.
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