The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

June 12, 2013

Mount Hope council votes to have second public hearing on plan

Hearing date will be announced 30 days in advance

By C.V. Moore
The Register-Herald

MOUNT HOPE — Concerned that not enough townspeople had access to the city’s draft comprehensive plan before it went to council for vote, the Mount Hope Planning Commission has chosen to hold another public hearing about the document.

At a public hearing last week, citizens raised concerns that more paper copies were not available for those who did not have access to the internet.

“Certainly we don’t want anyone to think they didn’t have access to it,” the city’s attorney, Anna Ziegler, told city council on Tuesday.

The commission was set to make a recommendation on the plan to council this month, but instead they will make some additional recommended changes to the plan and publish a notice of another public hearing 30 days in advance.

The commission also discussed arrangements to make the plan more available to the public, Ziegler reported.

A digital copy is currently available for download at cityofmounthope.org.

The matter was tabled on Tuesday. A final draft of the plan should be available in approximately one week. It could be August before the commission comes back to council with a recommendation, after the second public hearing.

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A “Walk Mt. Hope” project will install pedestrian signs at eye-level in downtown Mt. Hope before the National Scout Jamboree this July.

The signs will give pedestrians direction to landmarks and other places of interest in the city.

Three thousand dollars was withdrawn from the town’s rainy day fund for the project, to add to a $2,500 gift to the city.

The Mount Hope Wheel Parade was a great success, reports Jessica Zukowski. Sixty children participated in the event.

The Family Friendly Communities Project plans to host another event on Aug. 17 related to water. To help work on the project, contact Zukowski at zukowski.jessica@gmail.com or 859-200-7221.

She and others also are organizing a group of community members to petition Fayette County Schools and the School Building Authority to build a new elementary school in Mount Hope.

The city’s police chief reported nine domestic disputes in town this month, and 11 arrests — a “record number” during his tenure.

The city approved water and sewer write-offs in the amount of $12,855. This is the amount of unpaid bills the city will not be collecting this year.

Many of the bills were for households that were bought out during the Dunloup Creek Voluntary Floodplain Buyout. A number of residents did not notify the city they were vacating and failed to settle their final bill, according to the city billing clerk.

An upgrade to the city’s water plant is nearly complete, reports Zane Summerfield of Pentree Engineering.

— E-mail: cmoore@register-herald.com