By C.V. Moore
OAK HILL —
The Oak Hill City Council accepted a 4.6-acre parcel of land from the Earl J. Wood Family Trust at their meeting Monday evening.
The land is located next to Pizza Hut on Oyler Avenue.
City Manager Bill Hannabass also presented a concept plan for an Oak Hill Community Park that he hopes to eventually build on the property.
The complex, which runs along the Oak Hill Rail Trail, would include a walking loop, basketball, volleyball, a bridge, flower garden, riparian interpretive trail, bocce ball, picnic pavilions, cornhole, a boardwalk, horseshoe, wetlands, restrooms and parking.
Funds have not yet been secured for the park.
Council also authorized Hannabass to bid out a fall paving project budgeted for $262,000.
He warned the project is “ambitious” and that some streets could be removed from the list for cost reasons.
The current list of streets includes Lee (at Main Street), Riner (at the creek and at Main Street), Webster and South Loop Drive, Glendale, Rakes, Collinwood Drive, Old Scarbro Road, Sutton Place (patch), School Street (north of Central), Delaine Drive, Packwood, Rhodes Street, and the restroom parking area at City Park/Rail Trail.
Council awarded Johnson Construction a bid to build an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant ramp and stairs connecting City Park and the White Oak Rail Trail.
The project is budgeted for $30,000 and the Johnson Construction bid came in at $26,767.
It is part of an upgrade that will also include paved parking and a restroom.
“I believe it will be very well utilized and money well spent,” said Hannabass.
The city discussed the commission of a mural next to the White Oak Rail Trail.
The item was tabled so council person Mollie Ray and Mayor Fred Dickinson can look into other sources of funding.
The city accepted the recommendation of the Planning Commission to allow apartments in the Southern Appalachian Labor School’s Historic Oak Hill School building by changing its zoning to Planned Development.
There are currently three people living in the building, according to Hannabass.
Other council business included the following items:
- Parking on Bond Avenue was eliminated by council.
- Council passed two Oak Hill Police Department policies regarding social media and firearms.
- Council authorized the police department to hire an officer to replace one who left months ago.
- Trick or Treat in Oak Hill this year will be held on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.