WILLIAMSON – At a special session held Tuesday, the Mingo County Commission approved a resolution presented by the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority to apply for grant funding to construct an access road at the Mingo County Wood Products Industrial Park in an effort to enhance current business and attract new business to the area.
Commissioner John Mark Hubbard opened the special session stating, “We have only one item on our agenda today and that has to do with the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority (MCRA). They are asking us to do a resolution for the Wood Park on a road access.”
The resolution was read by Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith which stated, “The MCRA has applied for grant funding in the amount of $400,000 from the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways’ Industrial Access Road Program.”
The resolution continued stating, “The MCRA, if said funding is approved, will utilize the same to design and construct an access road at the Mingo County Wood Products Industrial Park to enhance the operation of two new facilities, and to facilitate the recruitment of new business to said Industrial Park; Now, therefore be it resolved that the Mingo County Commission, in special session on Thursday, June 30 1016, supports the MCRA’s Industrial Access Road grant application and comments the MCRA’s efforts to attract new business and industry to Mingo County…”
Leasha Johnson, Executive Director for the MCRA, further explained the resolution stating, “Wright Concrete and Rainco Forest Resource Products both are our newest clients up there. They have a dirt road that is in a state of terrible disrepair. In order for us to qualify for funding, we have to pave it according to Department of Highway (DOH) specifications. We already had the DOH to conduct a review of it. They have given us an estimate of a cost. If we qualify for funding, which required the Mingo County Commission’s support, we will bid this job out hopefully within the next couple of months. Once the road is finished, it will consist of eight inches of base, and six inches of asphalt with new ditching. Once it is completed, the right of way will be conveyed to the DOH so that the portion of the access road will always be maintained by the DOH.”
Commissioner Smith motioned to approve the resolution. The resolution was seconded by Commissioner Diann Hannah and the resolution was approved unanimously.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)