MATEWAN, W.Va. – The Matewan Town Council met on Tuesday evening for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting and after months of negotiations with the Mingo County Board of Education, the deed has finally been settled and the Magnolia High School Complex (Matewan High School) has finally been cleared to be sold.
The building was left vacant in 2010 when Matewan High School, Williamson High School, Burch High School and Gilbert High School were consolidated to form Mingo Central High School.
Through the course of the past six years parts of the building has been rented out to several different businesses including a restaurant, a tattoo shop and a fitness gym just to name a few.
The town will be accepting sealed bids until December 9 and the bids will be opened on December 13 at the next regular scheduled council meeting at 6:00 p.m.
Both the Matewan Middle School building, the Magnolia High School Complex and the adjacent parking lot are included in the bid, however, the ball fields, concession stand and the middle school gym is not a part of the bid.
Bidding is open to anyone.
Police Chief Dave Stratton addressed the council regarding the success of the “Haunted Street” event that took place during the month of October. He also told the council plans were under way for the Christmas Parade which will be held on December 10 at 6:00 p.m. Chief Stratton is encouraging all downtown merchants to decorate their store fronts. Also, if anyone has any Christmas decorations they would like to donate you can get in touch with Chief Stratton at 304-426-4092.
The council granted a motion to start a committee dedicated to the development of a Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) for the town, the town has been in discussion for quite some time about starting a CVB and now seems to be the right time to move forward with those plans.
The town also received a letter in response to the Coal Heritage grant the town applied for to help with the cost of constructing an amphitheater in the field near the floodwall, unfortunately the grant was denied. The town has been trying to secure the money for a while now in order to construct the amphitheater.
The next regular scheduled meeting of the Matewan City Council will be held in the Town Hall building on Tuesday, December 13 at 6:00 p.m.
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext 2278.