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Follansbee Council approves street paving

FOLLANSBEE — Several city streets are set to be paved this spring after Follansbee Council approved additions to its contract with Carl Kelly Paving of Rayland on Monday.

City officials said the contractor hadn’t been able to complete paving planned for last fall and has agreed to do those slated for then and additional streets at a discounted rate.

Council has approved up to $400,000 for the paving, including $175,000 allocated for last year. The work will include the 700 to 1000 blocks of Clifton Avenue, the 700 to 1000 blocks of Virginia Avenue, west side of Gilbert Avenue, Woodlawn Drive, a small parking space at Parkview Park and Heathermoor, Tartan and Kilkenny drives.

Crews have begun milling some streets in preparation for the paving.

In other business:

– Council approved the $33,000 purchase of a spiral slide for the city’s swimming pool from S.R. Smith Slides.

The open flume slide is 10 feet, 7 inches long, with a stairway leading to the top, and will be installed near the pool’s diving area.

Mayor David Velegol Jr. said the slide includes a circulating system that will continually pipe water down it, allowing for a smooth descent.

While the pool is slated to open for Memorial Day weekend, the slide isn’t expected to arrive until July.

– Council approved a building permit for Coen Markets, which indicated plans for $700,000 in renovations to its Rough Creek convenience store and gasoline station in the city.

– Velegol announced because the food truck slated to appear outside the City Building on Wednesday was canceled due to an illness at the business, the Lou Casini Jazz Quartet will perform around noon on May 19 instead.

A food truck operated by Martoni’s Fire Baked Pizza is slated to be there that day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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