By Jean A. Flanagan
What is your vision for the future of the town of Moorefield? How do you think the town should look in the future? How can Moorefield attract new residents and businesses, while maintaining the historical culture of the town?
You will have an opportunity to answer these questions and share your ideas at the Moorefield Comprehensive Plan Open House Workshop to be held on Oct. 27 at the South Branch Inn.
Tom Widder of the Moorefield Planning Commission announced the open house at the Moorefield Council meeting held Tuesday, Oct. 7.
“I attended a workshop given by the WVU Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic,” Widder said. “The things discussed here are things that are discussed in every town. I really enjoyed attending.”
Widder said the workshop will be held in a open house format from 5:30 – 7 p.m. “People can come in anytime and share their ideas,” he said.
[private] Earlier this year, the MPC asked residents and businesses to participate in an online survey. The survey is still available and will be until the open house. Anyone who lives or works in Moorefield is invited to complete the survey. Go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/moorefieldplan.
Moorefield Police Chief Steve Reckart said being short several members of the police force will not interrupt the 24/7 coverage the department offers the citizens of Moorefield. “I have six full time and one part time officer, but we’ve worked it out so we will continue to cover all shifts,” he said.
In the month of September, the MPD responded to a total of 167 calls for service. Of those 124 were from the 911 center and 43 were complaints made directly to the office.
Reckart introduced four of his seven officers to the council. “I want them to see how our government works,” he said.
Reckart said the parking situation has improved and the MPD will continue to work on it.
Building Inspector Report
Brian Wolfe reported the following building permits were approved in September:
•Saundra Romijn in the 200-block of Washington Street added a storage building.
•Donald Davy of the 500-block of Winchester Avenue built a fence.
•Nancy Evans of the 200-block of Railroad Street added a storage building.
•JoEllen Harwood of the 100-block of Williams Street added a storage building.
Public Works Report
Lucas Gagnon, public works director reported on the Water, Wastewater and Street departments. He reported the smoke test on the sewer lines was completed and letters would be sent to residents whose test determined rainwater going into the sewer lines. He also reported that all “No Parking” lines had been painted at the railroad crossings as deter- mined by state code.
Paving has begun on Washington Street and will be done on 5th Street in Misty Terrace as well. Gagnon reported the design for the proposed water plant was complete and the engineering firm was applying to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Environmental Protection for permits.
“Funding is still unclear,” he said. “We won’t know about the IJDC (Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council) for a few weeks.”
Funding must be secured before a Certificate of Convenience and Need will be issued by the West Virginia Public Service Commission.
Town Clerk Report
Rick Freeman reported that the billing software he is investigating has some additional costs.
“I told you it was $18,000, but there is another $4,000 for the phone tree option and there are fees associated with the bank and paying by credit card,” he said. “I need to investigate further.”
Freeman also said he was in contact with other users of the software but hadn’t found anyone using it quite the same way he anticipated.
Freeman also presented the West Virginia Purchasing Card, or P-Card. It is a VISA credit card issued through the state.
“Anyone who accepts a VISA card should accept this,” he said. “The benefit to us is that we get 1 percent back on all our purchases.”
Freeman said the council would have to adopt a policy regarding who can have the card and what the limits will be, but the billing will come from one source. “We will have a better accounting of our purchases,” he said.
“If we could buy our chemicals and get 1 percent back, that’s a lot of money,” Councilwoman Carol Zuber said.
A motion was made, seconded and approved to participate in the P-Card program and to set a policy for its use by town employees.
The next meeting of the Moorefield Council will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 21 beginning at 7 p.m. at Inskeep Hall, 206 Winchester Ave. The meetings are open to the public.[/private]