WILLIAMSON – The Mingo County Redevelopment Authority (MCRA) received an update on several projects at its regular monthly meeting, including the Twin Branch Drag Strip.
MCRA Executive Director Leasha Johnson updated the board members on the many projects she and her organization have been working on.
Johnson and the board talked extensively about the Twin Branch Drag Strip and their effort in trying to finalize that project where it can be used by racing enthusiasts. The track, which is located off of U.S. 119 between Logan and Williamson, has been paved. (See Photo)
The MCRA recently held a meeting with State Sen. Mark Maynard and others in hopes of finishing the project.
“We need to restore the water and sewage to the site,” Johnson said. The board also talked about making sure that all of the environmental permits are in place because the drag strip has been built on a former mountaintop coal mining site.
County Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith, along with the county’s grant writer Leigh Ann Ray, were both also in attendance at the meeting to help answer any questions. The joint venture also includes Logan County.
“We are trying to move forward on this project,” Johnson said.
Johnson also gave those in attendance an update on the Twisted Gun Golf Course. There has been discussion with the Department of Transportation on the access road to the site.
Another individual is working on putting a restaurant at the golf course. More information will be released on that endeavor at a later date.
Johnson also gave an update on the Air Transportation Park. She has filed the necessary paperwork to get utilities to this site. It will cost more than $2 million, but Johnson said this “looks promising.”
Other updates included:
- · Refresh Appalachia has several projects in place. There is also work being done with the WVU Extension Service. Southern W.Va. Community and Technical College has shown interest in adding an agriculture program to their curriculum.
- · The spec house located along the King Coal Highway near the Harless Football Stadium is nearing completion. More news will be released on this project at a later date.
- · Congressman Evan Jenkins recently visited the wood plant at the Harless Industrial Park on 22 Mine Road near Holden. That plant has two shifts working and may add a third in the near future. There is also a plan to improve one of the access roads at this site.
Board members Andy Dillon, Paul Pinson, James Simpkins and Terry Sammons made up the quorum for the meeting.
(Kyle Lovern is the Managing Editor for the Civitas Media Mountain District including the Williamson Daily News and Logan Banner. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)