Before we get too far into May, I thought this week I would share some of the Mayor’s April’s activity:

The Planning Commission put finishing touches to completion of its comprehensive plan at an Open House held at the Community Wellness Center. We expect the plan to be in a usable form by the end of June.

The Community Clean-up went well. Rotary members painted and worked on the gazebo and benches and the Fiirst Avenue Mini-Park. Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts worked hard at trash clean-up. We have more work to do, but what was accomplished makes a noticeable difference. Beautification plans for summer will continue with street planters going up by end of month, or as soon as the last frost is over. Other maintenance, planting and painting will continue.

The Fair Housing adoption and publications were required parts of the state funding process. Monthly conference calls have begun between council and the West Virginia Development Office regarding funding of the water plant refurbishing project. Region 4 staff and Dunn Engineering help steer these technical conversations. The next conference call is set for May 8 at 10 a.m.

I attended the GVEDC planning meeting at the WVU Building at the state fairgrounds, and also attended the Executive Meeting of Region 4 PDC at its Summersville office. We were fortunate to have the Region 4 Spring Dinner Meeting here in Marlinton. It was well attended. Harriet & Co. Catering provided the meal.

The Source Water Protection Meeting took place Thursday. Our own SWP plan required a public meeting for certification. I was aware The Rivers Coalition was ready to do a public meeting in the region, so I suggested the meeting be held here. This meeting was intended for local interest and was attended by residents from Upshur County. The meeting qualifies our plan. Rayetta’s Lunchbox catered the meal.

Businesses in town participated in the “Paint the Town Blue” program to remember children who suffer from abuse and neglect.