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Plans for Weston cleanup, ON TRAC under way

February 21, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Members of the Weston Planning Commission met on Valentine's Day at the Weston Municipal Building. The group had a full agenda for the monthly meeting.

Joe Jarrell, chairmen of Weston's April Cleanup, explained what will happen during the cleanup. He already sent letters to the West Virginia State Police, the Lewis County Sheriff's Department and the Weston Police Department requesting serious enforcement of littering laws.

He also will send letters to local groups, businesses, fraternal organizations and churches, encouraging them to volunteer for the projects associated with Weston's April Cleanup.

The Weston Street Department will pick up rubbish in each city ward from April 2 to 13. The commission plans to have old televisions and computers picked up during that time.

City residents must place the refuse along the curb. However, the city will not pick up household trash that would normally be picked up by Weston Transfer. Residents should also be aware that customers of Weston Transfer can make arrangements with the transfer to pick up bulk items.

The group also is looking into soliciting businesses and applying for grants to buy trash cans for downtown Weston.

A group of University of Illinois students will arrive in Weston March 10. They will spend the night at Real Life Church. The church will provide a continental breakfast before the group travels to Arnold Cemetery. The students will clean, sweep up the cemetery and use weed-eaters. Volunteers will provide a meal at Criss Manor's Community Room. If there is enough time that day, they will also do some cleaning on Arnold Avenue.

Four members of the Planning Commission traveled to Parkersburg Feb. 9 to attend an ON TRAC meeting. Councilmen Terry Cogar, Francis Cogar of Weston Economic Development Authority and Weston Public Works Director John Hogan also attended the meeting.

The ON TRAC program was developed by the West Virginia Development Authority to help West Virginia towns revive their downtown business districts. Approximately 23 cities attended the meeting with the hopes of being one of the four cities, which will receive the ON TRAC designation. At this time, the application is being written and letters of support are sought from local organizations.

Rick Brown, president of the Weston Planning Commission, noted that supplying the Development Office with a number of quality support letters with the application would improve Weston's chances for winning one of the four awards. Brown, Francis Cogar and Michelle Carpenter will seek letters of support.

If Weston wins one of the coveted spots, the Development Office will supply design work and advice on ways to revive Weston's commercial district. The ON TRAC program is comparable to the Main Street project but without the cost.

The application is due March 23. It was suggested that members of the Planning Commission, WEDA and Weston City government work on the ON TRAC effort as a committee. There will be another meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the City Building to discuss the ON TRAC program.



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