The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

April 5, 2013

MTA asks Fayetteville council for support

FAYETTEVILLE — Representatives from Mountain Transit Authority addressed Fayetteville Town Council on Thursday about the need for more services in town. They are hoping the town will consider financially supporting the MTA at a greater level than in the past.

In return, they say they have developed a new proposed route that would run through all the residential districts of the town and stop at shopping centers. It would run 4 times a day.

“You need more public transportation in this area, including Fayetteville, than you have,” said MTA spokesperson Russell Haynes.

“Right now it’s too long a delay between the time you get on the bus and when you come home.”

They are asking for 75 cents per person in town, a total of $2,169.

Also on Thursday, the town approved the sale of their 5-acre property at Fayette Town Center shopping mall, next to Lowe’s Home Improvement.

The town negotiated with Realty Link, a property development company, on a price of $200,000. The company has 90 days due diligence from the signing of a letter of understanding approved on Thursday.

Council did not disclose what will be developed on the property.

“They are holding that close to the belt right now,” said the town’s attorney, Larry Harrah.

The council discussed and approved a letter to Congressman Nick Rahall about electrical reliability issues.

Representatives from AEP are asking the Fayette County Commission, Oak Hill, and Fayetteville to sign the letter asking for more dialogue and cooperation from the National Park Service (NPS) on access issues.

One of the electric lines that feeds the town of Fayetteville must be accessed by company linemen through NPS property.

As it stands, AEP says they must call 911, even during an emergency, who then contacts NPS, which makes the call on whether they can enter the property.

The utility says it wants to work with the park on the issue.

An AEP employee was nearly arrested by park police at his home for going on the property, according to a representative at the meeting.

The town will host a spring cleanup at Town Park on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“The Fayetteville Rotary and Lions Club volunteered to clean up the park, and we’re asking for volunteers from the town to come help,” says town manager Bill Lanham.

Lanham also reports that he is looking into the dilapidated building registry program implemented recently by the City of Oak Hill. Lanham says Fayetteville is working toward adopting a similar ordinance that would require dilapidated properties in town limits to be registered and abated.

Esther Morey of Coda Mountain Academy of Music approached council with a funding request for help with running a summer music camp in Fayetteville. The contribution would help fund rental of a camp facility at New River Gorge Gateway Center and scholarships.

“We would appreciate monies for scholarships so as many of our local area kids could experience this, because it opens up a new world to them about what can be achieved,” she said.

A decision on the police department’s reporting system was tabled until May, when a representative from one of the companies can address council.

A free service through the county’s new 911 Center may pose speed and reliability issues. But purchasing a system from another vendor will cost over $20,000.

The town must be current on filing their records with the state or they are not eligible for federal grants from the Department of Justice.

Council approved a resolution to authorize an $18,000 grant application to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for an electronics recycling program.

They also approved a resolution to change the scope of a West Virginia Community Participation Program grant for $5,500 to purchase playground equipment at Town Park.

—Email: cmoore@register-herald.com

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