Pine Grove Welcomes Wadsworth
The Pine Grove Town Council met April 12 with their newest council member, Robin Wadsworth. The council welcomed Wadsworth to the group and proceeded with many issues.
The council spent the majority of the evening discussing what to do about a loan on the water plant. According to lawyer Gary Rymer, the loan-which was obtained under previous administration-was granted illegally and now the present council must figure out how to correct the matter. The council agreed that changes need to be made and voted to hire Goodwin & Goodwin, LLP from Charleston as bonding council for refinancing the water plant. They also moved to have a public hearing on the matter on May 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Byrd Center.
Continuing with the water plant, it was discussed that the plant’s roof needs repaired. The council voted to begin taking bids for the project, and an official notice will go out in print as soon as possible.
In other matters, the council slated Pine Grove’s Spring Clean Up days. On May 11 and 12 the community can have truck loads of items removed from their homes. The public must sign up in advance for this service at the Byrd Center. The charge is $25 per full truck load and $15 for each half truck load.
In a continued matter, Doug Brake from Swiss Valley Associates recently recommended the council upgrade the sewage system to a system that would provide continuous aeration. This upgrade will cost roughly $1 million. Brake further advised they start the gravity sewage construction work as far from the plant as possible and work toward the center as to use less vacuum.
Additionally, Valley High School was approved to hold their prom on May 15 at the Byrd Center free of charge with the stipulation they clean the center following the event. Also approved for free use of the center was the Jacksonburg Relay for Life Team’s Kids Dance to be held May 1. Other matters voted on included the approval for Mayor Dave Barr to use up to $400 to purchase a new self-propelled lawn mower for the city.
In older business, 11 street signs have been ordered for the town of Pine Grove and should be made, delivered, and posted very soon.
Lastly, a special, brief meeting is set for April 20 at 7 p.m. to lay the levy.