The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

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September 14, 2013

Mount Hope Council approves first reading of plan



The plan also will restore and/or renovate several historic Mount Hope sites including the YMCA Building, Mountainaire Hotel, Clinton Apartments, New River Company Store, City Clock, Stadium, Princess Theater and First National Bank. The YMCA building will be upgraded and turned into the Mount Hope Community Center.

As part of the plan to improve quality of life for people in the city, access to health care will be increased and a Seniors Fitness Trail will be built as part of the Greenway and Parks System.

There are many more goals and plans for the City of Mount Hope and city officials say every one of them has been well-received.

“The most controversial thing we had was what to call the houses on the historic walking tour,” city attorney Anna Ziegler said with a laugh. “I don’t recall any controversy.”

“There hasn’t been any controversy, but then again we haven’t gotten radical here,” Martin added. “We’re not a radical crew. We try to stay in the mainstream and the idea is to do what’s best for everybody. This is the community’s plan. This isn’t the city council’s plan. This isn’t the planning commission’s plan. This is the community’s plan.”

A unanimous vote approved the first reading of the ordinance to adopt the comprehensive plan. The second reading of the ordinance and adoption of the plan is set for the next Mount Hope city council meeting on Oct. 8.

To read a full version of the comprehensive plan, paper copies are available at Mount Hope’s public library, City Hall or Housing Authority. The plan is also available for download from Mount Hope’s city website,

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