The town of Hundred will get some sprucing up Oct. 1-3 when the town will hold its fall clean up. Town workers will collect items left near the street during those days. The usual rules apply. The town will only take a half dump-truck load per home. Any debris over that limit will be charged based on an estimated weight. Also, no televisions or electronics will be taken. They do, however, welcome metal so the city can recycle it.
Council discussed the possibility of maybe keeping the town's old cruiser as a maintenance vehicle. However, they were concerned about liabilities, given it has a cracked frame. Those concerns extended to the prospect of seeking bids to sell the vehicle, even though its condition would be clearly stated. Finally, council agreed with Mayor Sine's suggestion to fill it with metal collected during the fall clean up and sell it all for scrap metal.
Since that still leaves the town without a maintenance vehicle, it was suggested they check with the state depot in Buckhannon to see if they could get an inexpensive used vehicle. A small pickup truck would be ideal.
In a repeat of what council decided at the Oct. 3, 2011, meeting, they told Mark Allen they would allow his son's hog pen within the town limits until the FFA project was complete in a month or two. However, it cannot be within the town limits next year.
"By next year you definitely have to have the pen moved or something so it's not in the city limits, so we can abide by the city ordinances," said Councilwoman Johanna Lemasters.
Allen claimed no one could tell him if the pen is in the town limits or not. But Recorder Sherry Hayes said Police Chief Clay Lunceford looked at a map of the area and determined it was in the town.
"It's for an FFA project, he's being graded on it, (FFA Advisor) Virgil (Wilkins) wanted him to have it, but it's still within the city limits, that's the problem," said Councilman Charles Himelrick.
On a more positive note, Mayor Charles Sine said the town hasn't received any complaints about an odor coming from the pen.
"It doesn't smell as bad as the house down by the police barracks," said Councilwoman Donna Himelrick. She said when walking on the East-West Trail early one morning near that structure, "We literally had to cover our mouths going by that house." The city will send a letter to the property owners to inform them that the property must be cleaned.
In another matter, council approved a request from Hundred High School Athletic Director and Football Coach Rex Rush for $1,000 to purchase paint for the football field. However, they discussed that the expenses at the field are outweighing the lease payment made by the Wetzel County Board of Education.
The board pays $8,300 for use of the field for football, baseball, and softball. Last year the city spent $9,296 on the facility-a pace that looks similar to this year. The year before it cost them $11,000. However, Hayes did say three years ago the city only had an outlay of about $5,000 at the field. Consequently, the city does have what Hayes calls "a little bumper" in that account.
"It looks to me like the football team could start raising money for the football field," said Lemasters. Charles Himelrick agreed, saying, "We don't have that kind of money to give it away."
"That's an awful lot of money for paint," noted Mayor Sine.
"It makes it look good, but it's expensive," said Hayes.
She further noted that the baseball and softball teams get virtually nothing from the city, except the needed upkeep to the building, which included a roof a couple years ago. She said they will, however, be needing funding for a drainage project to keep the field playable.
Also, council declared Shirley Miller ineligible to hold a council seat. She has moved out of the city limits and has missed an unacceptable number of consecutive meetings. They will print a legal advertisement in the Wetzel Chronicle, letting residents know they are seeking volunteers to fill the vacant council seat. An appointment is expected at their Oct. 1 meeting.
A few entities have expressed interest in the cut sandstone left from the demolition of the old hotel on U.S. Route 250.
Hayes said the city has $17-18,000 in the demolition. "We have to get close to what we have in it," she said. Charles Himelrick said cut sandstone is going from $50-200 per block, depending upon size. Someone has estimated the stone at the hotel site is worth about $8,000.
"We don't want to give them away," said Lemasters.
The town will advertise the stone and see what kind of offers they get on the blocks. Charles Himelrick added that these particular pieces are very nice as they have not been worn by the weather.
Finally, council went into an executive session for a personnel matter.