OAK HILL — Oak Hill City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to authorize Mayor Barbara Hickman to sign a resolution endorsing an intergovernmental agreement to have a one-mile stretch of the White Oak Rails-to-Trails paved.

The affected area runs north of W.Va. 61 heading away from the city. City Manager Tom Oxley and Councilman Bill Hannabass conferred with Fayette county commissioners and state Department of Transportation officials on the matter at a commission meeting in January.

As Commissioner Matthew Wender explained at the time, both the commission and Oak Hill applied for paving grants for the trail from the DOT’s Transportation Enhancement Program and Recreational Trail Program, respectively.

A portion of the trail transcends city limits, and that is the county’s responsibility. It was previously decided that the city would be responsible for the segment north of W.Va. 61, while the county would take up the area south of there. The work, Oxley explained, would be performed in-kind by city employees.

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In other business, council members:

-- Endorsed Councilman Jeff Atha’s motion to have Oxley write a letter of condolence and support to administrators at Virginia Tech in light of Monday’s massacre and the fact that a number of Oak Hill High School graduates attend college there.

-- Agreed to lay the levy at the following rates — 12.5 cents for personal property, 25 cents for Class II real estate and 50 cents for Class III real estate.

-- Listened as Oxley announced a change in the dates of the county and city-wide cleanup campaign to June 7-9.

Officials are actively seeking volunteers to help with the endeavor. Oxley added that a metal crusher will be there for a period of up to five days, and a cigarette “butt-buster” program will take place. City treasurer Damita Johnson also said participants may take advantage of early voting for the municipal election on those days.

-- Learned from Oxley that the city could potentially receive funding assistance of $4,000 from the Recruitable Community Program to pay for a visit from a West Virginia University Community Design Team next year. He noted that Oak Hill’s neighbors, Fayetteville and Mount Hope, have already partaken of such services from WVU.

-- Unanimously authorized the first reading of a move to conclude Collins Park’s daily hours of operation at dusk, as is already the case at City Park. Oxley noted that exceptions would exist for sanctioned activities. The move is in response to rampant vandalism at both parks, including City Park as recently as last Friday night.

— E-mail: mhill@register-herald.com

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