City, hospital trade alleys, will make two-way

BUCKHANNON — The City of Buckhannon will be able to make a two-way street between West Main Street and Franklin Street following the approval of a property exchange with St. Joseph’s Hospital.

At Thursday’s regular Buckhannon City Council meeting, council formerly approved a resolution for the acceptance of the special warranty deed between the two entities.

City attorney Tom O’Neill said, “This is the last step in the process for the property exchange with the hospital that you passed the ordinance concerning back in June. Part of the property exchange is the city receiving a little over a 10th of an acre adjacent to Fike Lane.”

Mayor David McCauley said, “This will permit the City of Buckhannon to widen an existing alley into a full-blown city street while also allowing St. Joseph’s Hospital to take out a couple of small alleys in the middle of property they already own almost in its entirety to let them better develop a bigger piece of property as opposed to two or three little pieces.”

Council also passed two more resolutions, to apply for an emergency generator for the city’s water board, sanitary board and public safety complex and to apply for another generator to also be used for the city’s water board and sanitary sewer board for the various pump stations. The city is applying to the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for the back-up generators.

City council also passed on second and final reading, ordinance No. 429 to reform the Buckhannon Planning Commission to nine voting members. The motion passed unanimously.

Also, at city council’s meeting, the council received the recommendation from the Stockert Youth and Community Center’s board of directors for site Option 3 to fit the proposed new gymnasium into existing SYCC property.

McCauley said, “There were three options that were developed by our city engineer Jay Hollen for the layout of the future gymnasium and multi-use space. We are still aways off with our funding to launch that.”

Director of public works Jerry Arnold told council, “The original proposal to the building was for a 60-by-100 free standing building with a connector corridor to the old gymnasium in order to accommodate for restroom facilities. Since that, the rethinking of this plan calls for an 82-by-140 feet building.”

“The original projection for that 60-by-100 feet building was about $389,000,” he said. “With the additional square footage here, in order to get a gymnasium that can be ready to play basketball in with working restroom facilities with that footprint — and again that doesn’t include all the amenities — it is about $419,000 with a 10 percent contingency, so $468,000.”

To date, $190,639 had been raised as part of SYCC’s capital campaign toward the project.

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