NEW CUMBERLAND - Two state grants were accepted by the city during Monday's City Council meeting.
State Sen. Jack Yost, D-Wellsburg, and state Sen. Orphy Klempa, D-Wheeling, presented council with two state grants -a $6,333 grant from the Governor's Community Participation Grant for improvements at the city's water and sewage systems; and a $5,000 grant from the state Senate's discretionary fund, which will be used for a curtain for the City Municipal Building's multi-purpose room, according to Yost.
"We all work very well together to help (the cities along the Ohio River)," said Yost, adding the grants don't require a match from municipalities, but they still have "some skin in the game."
ATTAINING FUNDING — New Cumberland Council accepted two state grants during its Monday meeting. Those involved were, from left, state Sen. Orphy Klempa, D-Wheeling; George Hines, city community service director; Richard Blackwell, New Cumberland mayor; and state Sen. Jack Yost, D-Wellsburg. -- Mark Miller
George Hines, city community service director, said a curtain in the multi-purpose room would allow the city to set up a banquet area separate from the gymnasium that could be used by the public and possibly generate funds for the city.
In other matters, council discussed upgrading of city sidewalks on Ridge Avenue from Clay Street to Smith Gas Station. Arthur Watson, 2nd Ward councilman, said the city needs to begin the process of replacing the sidewalk. He proposed a resolution to advertise for an engineer to look into the matter. Council unanimously voted to approve the resolution.
Also, discussion was held on replacement of the steps and railing of the Hancock County Courthouse and whether they were the responsibility of the county or New Cumberland. Council voted 6-0 to seek bids for replacement.
Lu Ann Johnson of the West Virginia Affiliated Construction Trades Foundation approached council seeking support for legislation encouraging the emerging gas and shale industry to consider hiring local employees affiliated with the Upper Ohio Valley Building and Construction Trades Council. Johnson said the trade council contains "18,000 skilled, drug-free workers" in a variety of trades that could be used for construction related to gas and oil exploitation. Council approved model legislation supporting the matter.
In other business:
- Patrolman Eric Maruca of City Police was sworn in to the rank of corporal during the meeting. Maruca also told council the City Police's new cruiser is nearly ready for use.
- Council voted to declare Nov. 18-24 as part of Christian Heritage Week in New Cumberland. Council also voted the city's Halloween Trick-or-Treat hours would be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.
- There will be a meeting of the water and sewage board at 5 p.m. on Oct. 9; a meeting of the finance committee at 3 p.m. on Oct. 16; and a meeting of the street committee at 3 p.m. on Oct. 17. All meetings will be in council chambers.