The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


June 24, 2012

The future

Mount Hope city officials took a bold and somewhat surprising step earlier this year.

Just when it looked like the small community was poised to annex 10,000-plus acres of The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve property, and become the fourth largest municipality in geographic size in West Virginia, it stopped short in favor of developing a comprehensive plan.

The decision had to be a tough one for the small Fayette County community; we’re sure dollars signs had to be flashing.

Yet city leaders took the time to think it through and we believe they chose the best option for the future of Mount Hope.

However, in order for that decision to really be effective and pay off for generations to come, the process of planning needs to be followed through to completion by the citizenry.

On Monday evening the Mount Hope Planning Commission will host a public meeting to discuss numerous key issues —land use, economic and infrastructure development, housing, public services, transportation and other matters that will be directly tied to the growth that has certainly started and will continue for many years to come.

This is the public’s chance to be involved and be part of a plan that truly sets the stage for the next 100 years or more.

We encourage all citizens interested in Mount Hope’s future to be there at 6 p.m. Monday in the Mount Hope Community Center and we hope those attending have an open mind and a positive outlook.

A door has been opened and exciting things are in store for Mount Hope.


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