The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

July 17, 2013

Raleigh Commission helps little league

“Play ball,” a familiar refrain on those lazy, hazy days of summer, is making a return soon for the players and their fans in the Big Coal River Little League.

A mountain spring ran dry in this heat wave, leaving the field without water for the restrooms or concessions, but the Raleigh County Commission came to Big Coal River’s rescue Tuesday.

In a unanimous vote, the commission agreed to give $10,000 to have a water line extended to the ball park in the Pettus area.

“The community came together,” Commission President Dave Tolliver said.

“The engineering firm agreed to do it at no cost to the county.”

Tolliver wasn’t sure of the length of pipe needed to provide water service, but said the Raleigh County Public Service District will handle the task. The only problem the taskers face is getting the line underneath a railroad crossing, Tolliver said.

In another item in what was an abnormally brief commission meeting, the Boy Scouts of America was applauded in a resolution similarly adopted by commissioners in Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe, Summers, McDowell, Nicholas and Wyoming counties for this week’s series of community service projects.

Upwards of 40,000 of the visiting Scouts at the Summit Bechtel Family Scout Reserve in Glen Jean plan to undertake 300,000 hours of community service spread over a five-day span.

Serving as the clearinghouse for the project is the Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia.

In fact, the resolution noted, the Reaching the Summit community service initiative is the largest such effort of its kind in American history.

The resolution lauded Wendy Spencer’s leadership on behalf of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that embraces some 5 million Americans in such service projects.

On another matter, the commission approved a drawdown of $1,984.39 for Pine Haven Homeless Shelter under the Emergency Solutions grant program along with a $429.88 drawdown for scanning and indexing in the county assessor’s office.

Two city-county intergovernmental pacts were renewed, just as they are on an annual basis each July.

County attorney Bill Roop said the first one allows the city and county to haul construction and demolition waste to the landfill, operated by the Solid Waste Authority. The fee is $8.75 per ton and from the county’s perspective, it is used largely to haul debris from abandoned buildings that have been razed.

A second one pools the managerial services of the building code.

“It lets both utilize the assets of each other, cutting costs and providing quicker service to city and county residents,” Roop explained.

The commission also appointed Derek Severt to the Coalfields Expressway Authority and Robert Underwood to the Cool Ridge/Flat Top Public Service District.

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