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Hundred Gets Money To Tear Down School

By Staff | Aug 19, 2009

Clean up is on the way for the town of Hundred’s old school building, thank to Del. Dave Pethtel, (D-Wetzel).

A local economic development assistance line item of $12,000 was given to the city of Hundred. Phil Lightner, councilman, explained that some members of council and Pethtel gave a presentation in Charleston to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Richard Thompson. In this presentation they showed the speaker pictures of the old school house, the bad condition it is in, estimates from companies for removal of the structure, and city council’s desperate need of its removal. Sherri Hayes, city recorder, told council at their Aug. 17 city council meeting that the town of Hundred will need to add $2,000 to the money received from the development assistance grant to finish the project completely. She reported that clean up on this project will begin the first week of September.

City council members and the mayor were very grateful that Pethtel helped them find funding for this project. The school has been an eye sore in community for a long time.

In other matters with city council, Hayes reported that Riverside Services did bid on the Belmont Street project with an estimate of $16,200 to do make repairs on that street’s crumbling retaining wall. She reported that the installation of a new 20-foot long wall with a thickness of 16 inches and six-feet high was in the estimate from Riverside Services.

“That wall is a must, it’s got to be done before bad weather starts,” noted Hundred Mayor Charles Sine.

Hayes explained to council that a change of scope was done for a $7,000 grant designed for signs and sidewalks. It will now be redirected to the Belmont Street project. She also explained that their other $7,000 grant still needs a change of scope to redirect it to the Belmont Street project. This would make a total amount of $14,000 of both grants combined when the paperwork is completed, to go toward paying the cost of the project.

Hayes added that $2,000 each is still needed for the grade school project and the Belmont street project.

“So we need to come up with $4,000,” stated Sine. Council members decided to table the matter until the next city council meeting when they will discuss this issue further.

Council also discussed racing pigeons that are being raised at one town residence. Some council members have received complaints about the situation.

Hayes reported to council there is no city ordinance involving or controlling pigeons within the town of Hundred, so there are no violations happening at this residence.