DELBARTON – David Hager, a certified civil engineer, approached the Delbarton City Council at a meeting Monday, Nov. 24 to make his services available to the city.
Hager approached the council saying, “I am a licensed professional civil engineer in the state of W.Va. I have over 15 years’ experience between highway and bridge work and over four years as Public Works Director for the city of Huntington. I recently started my own company and I know small communities don’t have a large enough budget to have a city engineer on staff but I want to offer my services to you to be on call for you guys if something comes up. I am available and I wanted to offer my services to your community for any needs you may have.”
Delbarton Mayor, John Preece responded saying, “We have had engineers in times past that have helped us with various projects so we are familiar with the needs a municipality has concerning engineers. That doesn’t mean we wouldn’t consider anyone else.”
Preece continued and presented Hager with a continued problem in the city of Delbarton concerning dilapidated buildings. “We haven’t been able to do that ordinance on our own because we haven’t had the qualified people. Have you had any experience with that?”
Hager responded saying, “Actually, in Huntington, I was the Building Code Official for the city. I was over building inspections. I do meet that qualification as far as being the building code official.”
Preece said, “Our biggest issue right now is getting rid of these dilapidated buildings. We have asked the (Mingo) County Commission and they do have a dilapidated building committee and by virtue of their ordinance and our activity here, to my knowledge, we have tied on to their ability to do entry onto the property and we are working on some funding to take care of the rest of it. If you want to give a proposal that would be something we would like to look at.”
Preece asked Hager to develop a proposal on, “the process, procedure, what that would be and how you could assist the municipality.”
Delbarton Councilman, Albert Totten asked about sewer lines, and other needs of the city.
“I can put a team together to do just about any project,” Hager responded.
Preece concluded saying, “Put something together. We are not closed here. We are open for business we would be more than happy to accommodate your ideas and suggestions. It would be hard to get down to specifics without knowing some things.”
Hager agreed to approach the Delbarton Council again at a later date with more specific details.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)