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New Martinsville Makes Roadway Decisions

By Staff | Mar 7, 2012

This is the portion of Union Street that will be raised by Litman Excavating, at no expense to the city.

New Martinsville City Council unanimously approved two measures under new business concerning the streets and traffic control in the city.

First, council agreed to let Litman Excavating, at their own expense, raise and widen Union Street at its intersection with state Route 2.

Street Commissioner Gary Willey said it will affect roughly 30 feet from the highway, raising it about two-and-a-half feet. The purpose is to eliminate a dip or drop off that has been created, largely by repeated paving of state Route 2.

“It’s going to make it easier for everyone to get out,” said Willey. “It’s going to benefit us.”

The project will also include some storm sewer work and the moving of a fire hydrant. Litman will perform all the work and bear the expense.

Also, council voted to tell the Department of Highways that they do not wish to see the traffic light at Foundry Street moved to state Route 2’s intersection with state Route 7, as the DOH has proposed. Council said the industrial park, which may be seeing some increased activity in the near future, and the board of education are a concern at Foundry Street. Also, Councilman Joel Potts said its removal would be a concern for children who cross state Route 2 there to go to Brooklyn Park.

Under further highway discussion, Willey said the DOH has yet to change out the traffic detecting loops at McEldowney Avenue and North Street that were affected by paving in June 2011. Electric Department Manager Dave White suggested that they should change out the loops to have the overhead vehicle detectors like the more northern traffic lights in the city.

The former Nazarene Church on Maple Avenue is scheduled for demolition on Monday. During that activity, for about two to three hours after the school buses run in the morning, Maple Avenue, Virginia Street, and Cherry Lane in that area will be closed to traffic.

Chief of Police Tim Cecil also told council of a scheduled street closure. On March 20 beginning at 1:30 p.m., Main Street will be closed in the area of the Magnolia High School baseball field while an anti-driving under the influence prom commercial is filmed. He said students from Magnolia, River, Valley, Paden City, and Tyler Consolidated high schools will be participating. It will be shown during Make It Or Break It, Jersey Shore, and on CMT and MTV. The spots are sponsored by local businesses.

Also in the fight against substance abuse, Brandi Murray, Wetzel County Substance Abuse Prevention Program Coordinator, asked council to support a project by the Wetzel County Coalition Against Drug Abuse. The Governor’s Task Force Against Substance Abuse is wanting to see a permanent prescription drug drop off box located in every county. The local group has already secured funding to cover the $600 cost for an approved receptacle in a mailbox style. They wanted it to be placed in the New Martinsville Police Department.

“Tim Cecil has given us his approval and support,” said Murray. “This is something that’s very necessary in our area.”

Council unanimously agreed to allow the placement.

Relatedly, the regional meeting of the Governor’s Task Force Against Substance Abuse will be held March 27 at Magnolia High School.

Also, the Youth Advisory Council at MHS will be doing cigarette butt cleanup March 21 at Bruce Park for Tobacco Prevention Day.

Finally, Rick Suter spoke about his ongoing desire to have a local call center for the Upper Ohio Valley Muscular Dystrophy Association during the national telethon Sept. 2-3. He and Bill Forbes have formulated a plan to make it possible, but they need volunteers to man the call center to be held at A-1 Automotive. It has been approximately 10 years since New Martinsville has had a local contact for the telethon. Volunteers are needed from Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. to Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. Anyone in interested in helping is asked to call Suter at 304-455-1971. He is also available to answer any questions. The deadline to assemble enough volunteers is Aug. 14.